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Old 07-14-2008, 11:19 AM
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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
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:32 AM
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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.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:35 AM
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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.
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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
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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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