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Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

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  • Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

    Just looking for tips and advice from anyone who has done this conversion before ... or any advice in drilling a thru-hull. Never did that before either.

    Please advise:

    - I'm planning to glass in a piece of 1/2" plywood to reinforce the area. I was going to use regular construction plywood. Someone stop me ...

    - Is this transparent water hose good enough? I was going to use 1 1/4" wet exhaust hose but that stuff is ridiculously expensive and probably way overkill

    - Mercruiser flush kit: $160, plastic T valve: $9 ... why do I need to spend $160 on a Merc garden hose / flush kit? Its made of plastic too.









    1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII


  • #2
    Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

    Bump, anyone done this conversion before? Looking for tips and advice... thanks!
    1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII

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    • #3
      Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

      I did this conversion a few years ago - there's no way i would go cheap on this. Way too much chance of sinking!

      No bigger than the wood area is I went with a solid plank of hardwood. I also went with the proper thick reinforced rubber hose.

      And there's also no way I would use a cheap plastic tee fitting. Again - too much chance of the fitting breaking and the boat sinking. But that's just me.

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      • #4
        Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

        For flushing, why not simply add a quality brass strainer? You simply pop the lid and insert the hose and flushing is a breeze. Here's a pic of my set up:

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        • #5
          Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

          Thanks guys.

          Its so tempting. That tee is $10 compared to Mercruiser's kit $160 ... both are made of plastic. Both USA made.

          Alternatively, I can go with an all-brass T / flush kit ... I assemble the parts myself for about $80.

          Fishermark - thanks for the pic. That'll get me thinking some more about this.
          1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII

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          • #6
            Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

            Originally posted by Fishermark View Post
            I did this conversion a few years ago - there's no way i would go cheap on this. Way too much chance of sinking!

            No bigger than the wood area is I went with a solid plank of hardwood. I also went with the proper thick reinforced rubber hose.

            And there's also no way I would use a cheap plastic tee fitting. Again - too much chance of the fitting breaking and the boat sinking. But that's just me.
            Here's the thing ... the Mercruiser flush kit for $160 is a "cheap plastic tee" ... the grey plastic one pictured above is only $9. Both are US made (if that matters anymore) ... and if you're talking wall thickness, the cheap gray one measures about .125" thicker.
            1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII

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            • #7
              Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

              Originally posted by makonnen View Post
              Here's the thing ... the Mercruiser flush kit for $160 is a "cheap plastic tee" ... the grey plastic one pictured above is only $9. Both are US made (if that matters anymore) ... and if you're talking wall thickness, the cheap gray one measures about .125" thicker.
              Plastic fittings / cheap hose below the water line scares the heck out of me. Personally, I use brass / bronze fittings and heavy duty hose below the water line. If that fitting breaks, you won't know it till the bilge pump can't keep up and then it's way too late.

              Home supply chain plastic fittings aren't the way to go, IMHO..... I would even have replaced the MC plastic one with either a "glass filled polymer" (which the MC one may very well be) or bronze / brass one.

              The glass filled polymer fitting will look like plastic, is a form of plastic, but really isn't the same, and are as tough as nails. Sure, the cheap one will work, but for how long?

              I have alot of money tied up in the boat and saving a few bucks on a critical item designed to keep the water out of the boat just doesn't make sense to me.
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              • #8
                Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                Another thing to remember on the hose - this is a suction hose - not a pressure hose. You need a strong, stiff hose that will not collapse for the suction side.

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                • #9
                  Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                  Thanks for the advice.

                  I'm going to ditch both the grey plastic T and the Mercruiser kit. I'm going for all-brass which will still be less than half of the Merc flush kit pictured above.

                  Already bought some wet exhaust hose which I think is way overkill but it was sound advice.

                  Thanks.
                  1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII

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                  • #10
                    Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                    Thanks for the advice guys. I took it all...

                    Return this Mercruiser kit, its plastic and costs $160


                    Got rid of the plastic T and water hose...


                    Upgraded to brass T and wet exhaust hose


                    Got a piece of 1/2" maple for reinforcement


                    Thru hull
                    1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII

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                    • #11
                      Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                      Sealed with 4200


                      Sealed the other end too


                      Glassed in the maple plank


                      Done.
                      1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII

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                      • #12
                        Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                        Pm Opp's playing with hull's is his fortay..Or Ondarvr...Yacht DR..all are well qualifed. Hate to say this but i believe you have created a weak spot by not glasing and taping both sides of the injection unit. 5200 is great stuff but it is pliable not what you want under a hull at speed.
                        Stickly a opinion your milage may vary.

                        Speed is how fast you hit the wall
                        Torque is how far you move the wall"

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                        • #13
                          Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                          Yea I thought about that ... what if that thru hull catches a deadhead or at worst hits a rock right on the nose. Thats not 5200, its 4200. I figure the mechanical connection comes from the screws (which I'll replace with brass later) and the giant brass nut. I also completely glassed in that piece of 1/2" maple. Hopefully that gives me the reinforcement I need.
                          1998 Bayliner Ciera 2655, 5.7 BIII

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                          • #14
                            Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                            you have already changed to brass, however the Merc part is glass reinforced (strong as hell) and the grey plastic tee is just resin (weak as hell). The brass will be a longer lasting choice. also, on the reinforced hose, make sure your using certified below water line hose, with two hose clamps at each connection.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Up to no good: Bravo III thru hull water pickup

                              I can't tell from your pictures, but it looks like you're mixing bronze and brass fittings. Stay with all bronze to eliminate galvanic corrosion. Also, tie it in to your bonding system.

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