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not sure if it is proper etiquette do jump into this thread with my question,
but as the thread is new and my problem similar, I thought it to be OK.
Otherwise, please let me know.
The similar problem is this:
My boat is in a docked in a brackwater channel. This Sunday I happened again that the engine started fine, water was splashing out of the exhaust nicely. I motored into the river (5 minutes), throttled up and and few minutes later, I realized that the splashing had nearly stopped, and the engine temperature was rising.
I throttled back and it was getting better. I limbed back home, dove under the boat and found plant residue stuffed/sucked into the raw intake seacock.
In contrast to this lowcountryking, I could clean it out easily with a plastic stick.
My question: Any idea how I can prevent this without diving under the boat each time before I start and check ? And even that would not be foolproof, as some plant debris could float by JUST the moment I start the engine.
Are there any sieves or protector devices used to prevent this ?
The boat is a Catalina 30 / 1985 with a wing keel