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- Scurvy Dog
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- Joined: August 29th, 2021, 3:01 pm
- Vessel Info: Carver Mariner 360 2004. 650 hours on the 6 liter Crusaders gas engines. We've owned the boat since June 2021.
- Location: Lansdowne, Ontario
My home port is in Gananoque, Ontario where my 360 Mariner with Crusader engines has ran in fresh water its whole life (650 hours). I'm considering navigating to South Carolina for the winter and spending 5 months in salt water, and was wondering if my engines are made to run in salt water or not.
Since my engines use Prestone, I believe they're closed cooling.
Your answers are very much appreciated.
- CYO Supporter
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- Vessel Info: 1989 Carver 3807 Aft Cabin
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- Scurvy Dog
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- Vessel Info: 1988 Carver Santego 2767 - Twin Mercruisers 4.3LX with Alpha-One drives
- Location: Ontario
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- Vessel Info: 1997 Carver 405
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The Black Pearl
Soddy Daisy Tn.
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The engines will be fine with some saltwater, but just note Viper's comments.
Bring plenty of spares for the trip (impellers, filters, etc) because just saving a few hours instead of waiting for parts can save you days in the commute and avoid a lot of frustration.
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- Vessel Info: 2001, Carver 356
- Location: Lower Potomac, VA
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BTW, many, many thousands of Crusaders have and are being used in salt water and have been for years. I would say the vast majority are fresh water cooled which extends the life of the engine.
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