I am new to this, so my terminology will be wrong. I have a 2000 Searay express cruiser with a mercrusier inboard outboard, and volvo stern drive unit. I noticed that the three hoses or outdrive boots were starting to dry out and show small cracks. I decided to have them replaced. They still were secure, flexible, and worked great with no leaks. I think the big boot is the exhaust, and the smaller 2 are transmission cables and steering?
I returned to pick up my boat after a $800.00 bill, and when I raised the stern drive, the new big exhaust boot was not connected to the stern drive unit. When I raise the stern drive, the exhaust boot just hangs into mid air off the back of the boat. The repair guy said no problem. Just lower the drive, and the exhaust boot will self seal onto the stern drive. He said he could not connect the new boot securely to the rear of the boat due to corrosion on the flange or something? If he connected the hose securely to the stern drive, it would pull the hose of the boat when it is raised, due to the poor connection to the boat. Does this make any sense? Is it really ok to operate like this? He also removed one way check valves in the two exhaust manifolds that had come loose or deformed. He said that the were not needed because water cannnot travel up to the high placement risers. Should I be concerned? I also did not winterize yet. Would the block or manifold be more suseptible to freezing with this boot open and exposed to the elements?
Any sugestions? I hate thinks not being right. I may not know anything about boats, but I know something does not sound right.