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Transmission Heat Exchanger
I have just taken delivery of a Gulfstar Sailmaster 47. The boat was delivered by a professional captain arriving Newport RI on last Sunday evening (Oct 29/06). Yes the boat came through with reported 60 knot sustained winds and 30 ft seas. A testament to both the boat and captain.
Back to the problem, on routine inspection, the transmission (Borg Warner) was found to have seawater in it. The captain has suggested as has another experienced captain, that the heat exchanger for the transmission is optional. In order to get the boat to it's permanent winter berth in Boston, the heat exchanger was bypassed and the transmission flushed. It is running but I can't help but think this is problematic. I would appreciate any opinions this highly experienced forum can offer.
Thanks as always