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View the latest post Attachment(s) Eliminating Water Heater from Mercury Engine 7.4 MPI

Wanted to share the photos and how to eliminate the engine coolant from going through the water heater. My water heater on my Voyager 370 started leaking water and I was not comfortable having the engine coolant go ing through the water heater so I looped the connections on the engine with a piece of 5/8" silicone heater hose that is rated at 350 degrees and high pressure, yes the hose is better than you need but worth the extra 10 bucks.

Left the hoses going to the water heater in case we hook one back up and ran the new hose by the hoses and made sure the new hose was not coming into contact with anything that would rub a hole in it.

Pictures attached.

This also allows us to remove the old water heater and replace with something in the future.

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Help on boat find

Hi all,
Im looking at a 1995 Carver 250 mid cabin express. 5.7 mercruiser with a Bravo111. Hull is good. Current owner bought new boat and is looking to sell for $2500. Needs a good cleaning and TLC. Its a Long Island boat.
What do you all think please?

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View the latest post TV help for 1996 355 aft cabin

Hi just purchased a 355 aft cabin, our first boat. Would love some suggestions as to what kind of TV to put in the main room (parlor???), pardon my newbie ignorance. Was wondering if anyone has done a projection tv? where? where did you put the screen?

Open to all ideas. Previous owner removed all TV's and a lot of other stuff before we picked it up.

would love to see photos.

Thank you.

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View the latest post Help- 355 Aft Cabin Icemaker- how do you winterize?

Recently purchased our first boat, a 1996 355 Aft Cabin. We are trying to winterize our boat. A handyman can't figure out to winterize the icemaker. Should there be a water cutoff inside?

We don't want to shut off all water because we will be living on board. This new USED boat thing can be a little overwhelming.

Thank you.

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View the latest post OEM SWIM DECK BOX FOR 356


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View the latest post Carver Propeller Question pitch and material

The wife and I have 2006 Carver 36MY with 8.1L VolvoPenta Gas motors. We're are the 3rd owners and currently moored in Elliot Bay Marina.

During our first dive hull maintenance by J&J diving, after scrubbing the boat and some of the Zincs they noted we had prop damage. J&J pulled props and sent to "the Prop Shop" in Mukilteo WA who trued and straightened them. I then called to ask "what are they?" as I could not find a definitive answer as to what was or should be installed on the boat from Carver. I had assumed we had 22x22 Nybrol 4-blade props , so i was surprised to find out we had 22x26 Bronze 4-Blade Props.

We had the port side ZF63A trans replaced last year, during the sale process, so I know the ratio is 2.5/1.

Those of you with similar boats, whats your prop & Pitch for comparison purposes? Obviously the Diesels have different gearing and different pitch.

Since this is a "big heavy boat" for gas motors, I'm just wondering if this is the best setup for us? I'm also wondering if it has been switched out from the factory OEM setup? Higher pitch, faster speed at lower RPM? Maybe a GPH change? It also answers my question as to why we struggle to get on plane (full gas tanks, full water tanks, several people doesn't help)

As always, looking forward to the feedback!

Cliff & Beth Mathison

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View the latest post Carver Voyager 370 1999 Removing Water Heater

Took my 370 out for a two hour cruise and when we came back the fresh water tanks were empty. Thought it might be the T & P valve so I replaced that but when I hooked the water back up the water heater was leaking a lot from the bottom, it was like a small river so turned off the fresdh water pump and bypassed the water heater so now we only have cold water.

Have been trying to figure out how the water heater can come out of the engine room area. The widest section is the middle but that is 15 1/2 inch and the water heater is 16 inches. The actual dimentions are 16 wide by 16 high by 20 long. Plus getting it by the front of the engine has only 14 inches.

Does anyone know what you do to remove the water heater? Or do you just leave it and slide it back out of the way and get a smaller one to mount in front of it?

Going to eliminate the coolant going through the weater heater for now by putting in a bypass hose on where the hoses go to the engine from the water heater.

Has anyone installed a bosch 2.5 mini tank water heater in their engine room? We would only use hot water while on shore power so do not really need to replace the 11 gallon seaward with a smaller model. Is the bosch ignition safe? Not really sure what that even means as the UL 1500 certification has all sorts of disclaimers. Bottom line if it is sealed and will not produce a smark it would work I believe.



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View the latest post valve lash adjustment

Anybody have this done recently? Cost? I'm going to have it done next year.

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View the latest post 1800 RPM Kohler vs 3600 RPM Westerbeke

The Kohler generator I have is a 7.4 KW 1800 RPM unit that generally runs but is ailing and most parts are NLA.

I have been eyeing used westerbeke units and most I can find are only 5kw, which is probably fine but also are 3600rpm.

How much louder will a 3600 be vs an 1800? Will the "exhaust tone" be that much more annoying vs the low rumble of an 1800 RPM unit?

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Veterans / Remembrance Day

Let us not forget...........Thank you for your service.......


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