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    I/O Boot Safety

    This may seem like a silly question, but here goes. We are remodeling (FULL remodel!) a 55' 1972 LazyDays with twin Mercuiser I/O. There have been several houseboats lost this year due to leaking outdrive boots. My question is, is there some sort of "dam" that can be installed inboard around the boots to prevent flooding? Are there any other in-water preventative measures that can be taken? Thanks.

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    Change out of the boots every 5 years is your best preventive action. 7 plus years if stern faces away from the sun.
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    There are lots of potential leaks to worry about. I'd also install a BIG backup bilge pump (mine is 4000 gph) with power to run it and a LOUD alarm, and make sure the marina (or someone) knows who to call or what to do if it ever goes off.
    Last edited by Stmbtwle; 08-09-2015 at 07:17 AM.
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    I really liked this*information.

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