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I read what you wrote. I don't see any kind of actual question from you. How is it I can help you?
I understand that. But I do not know what it is you want or need from me. What are your questions?
You wrote that you think it is a raw water pickup problem. It's common for the water line in the transom assembly to start to collapse in on itself creating a restriction, it happens on all bravo drives after about 4 or 5 years. We call this "bravoitis". Because of that the water line should be replaced at the same time the bellows get replaced, which is every 4 to 5 years as well. When was the last time the water line was replaced?
If the transom line hasn't been replaced yet then its definitely going to be time, and that is going to be your problem.
Is it routine to install a through hull pickup? No, it's not routine. You can do it if you want to, however, if you go this route you would also need to install a sterndrive shower to keep the sterndrive cool. When you take a way the water flow through the sterndrive by adding a through hull the gear oil in the drive will over heat. It's typically better just to leave it the way it is as this is a routine maintenance item. If you want to keep this from happening again 5 years from now, a better option is to install a stainless steel water neck where that line connects, this is an aftermarket part made by an aftermarket company. Click this link, this is what it is - http://www.amarket.com/BRAVOitis.htm
The reason why this is a better solution is;
1. This problem will never happen again
2. You do no have to drill any holes in the bottom of the boat for a through hull fitting
3. You do not have to add a sterndrive shower to cool it
Does that all make sense.
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