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Fresh water to salt

I am looking at a French Kirie Elite that is currently based on a Canadian freshwater lake. Is there any concern with moving this boat to salt water? I am particularly interested in the engine cooling system considerations.
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Re: Fresh water to salt

Engine information will help but, if direct sea water cooled, the water channels will corrode more easily in sea water. If sea water cools the engine cooling fluid, it will be safer but in any case you will not face any problems except faster corrosion which might take years.
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Re: Fresh water to salt

You will show more bottom paint in salt because the boat will float higher. No biggie. Otherwise you’d be fine.

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Re: Fresh water to salt

Might need different bottom paint for salt water. Also anodes can be different on the shaft and heat exchanger.
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