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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2005

    low water pickup question

    okay this is the first outdrive of mine that has a low water pickup, and unfortunantly i brought the boat into shallow water by the beach and sucked sand, ruining my water pump.... other boats i have owned have the
    intakes on the sides of the drives... they are obviously better for shallow water boating, is there a general preference here as to which is better,

    pros and cons on the low water pickup?

    should i replace the lower
    or just install sea strainers,

    avoiding slightly shallow water is not really an option in my area
    i just have to use more care when going to these places

    any thought or suggestions would be appreciated

  2. #2
    SORE MEMBER Platinum Member Wobble's Avatar
    My Boats:
    SeaDoo RXP & RXP-X, Stryker Equalizer 28, Eliminator Daytona Jet
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    2950'49.74"N 95 5'17.55"W.......TEXAS
    sea strainers are always a very good idea, I have had all three types of pickups and can say that the nose cone type are problematic if you have to deal with a muddy bottom, the dual pickup or older style side only will be more reliable.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    You need a good, tall strainer that works on swirling action if you're around alot of sand. Regardless of what pickup you use. The low water pickups are a must for drives with high X dimensions and drives that get trimmed up. Those side pickups can't take water in if they're not under water.

  4. #4
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    Don't Trim Up Leave Paralel With Bottom Of Lake.if You Trim Up It Sticks The Pickup In The Bottom

  5. #5
    My Boats:
    2004 35EX
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Mine was a low water pick up only,spoke with a Merc rep at a show and he told me I could drill the sides and make it a dual water pick up,
    he told me to only drill 4 holes per side,never had a problem since
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