After another morning of steelheading it was time to finalize some touches for the salt boat. I installed the Salt Boss fixed kicker bracket after scrambling to locate some 3M 5200 fast cure marine sealant.
I was up until 11 pm trying to get things wrapped up on hopes of being able to take her out for a test run but the EZ Steer bracket wasn’t installed and I needed to make sure the kicker was plumbed correctly with the hot box and it was running properly at normal engine temps.
Upon firing up the kicker she had some clogs in the idle jet and the high speed jet and I was thinking that I’d need to breakdown the carbs and clean them down but good thing that I had sea foamed the fuel as after running for a good 30-45 minutes. She preformed as she should, mechanically correct. The next was to check the steering linkage and it looks like I’ll have to get a longer bar as the extreme turn to starboard unhooks the segments which is very bad if it was to happen on the water.
I was extremely happy with the hot box plumbing and it worked just as I designed. I had tapped the post thermostat water out fitting with some 5/8″ tubing and into some ice-maker line that I threaded through the drain piping inside the port side sponson. I would use any basin which happened to be an plastic ice cream container.
The engine block water comes out nice at 160 degrees and this is a perfect medium to use to wash knives between cut plugs, warm your hands, or even throw in a bag of vacuumed pack food for a hot lunch? Any which way, looks like a little delay before her first sea trial and fishing outing.