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post #1 of 88 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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The manual is very specific in saying that you must clamp the water intake hose before towing. I cannot see how this can be done properly. It's next to impossible to reach in that it's about 15 inches in back of the left-hand opening. I did buy several different clamps and tried it out with a garden hose. There was still water intrusion on the hose. Can't see how this works. If the object is that No water gets through, even if I was able to install the clamp, which looks to be incredibly difficult , I can't see how it would totally stop the water from going back into the engine.
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post #2 of 88 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 04:30 PM
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What happens is you have to tow the spark, in the water, and that hose is not clamped?
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I towed one of my sparks with the other one for 5 miles last week when the intake grate was disabled. Didn't really have any other choice. Put the new intake grate on today and took it for a test ride, no issues
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are we talking about trailered towing or what? Pardon the ignorance but why would you be towing in the water instead of riding? out of gas?
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Maybe he's going to tow it behind his 100ft yacht
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Actually it's a 53 foot sailboat and I bought the Spark with the intention of towing it.
Cruising speed is 9 knots.
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Finally did manage to get a clamp on but not confident that it will fully prevent water intrusion . Wish I had a valve shut off.
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I'm not sure why you need to close the water intake. !. Ism't the cooling system a closed system? So the water intake is to cool the exhaust and doesn't that run right back out?
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Still uses engine to cool exhaust. There is no doubt that with pressure water can back up into the engine without clamping effectively.
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post #10 of 88 (permalink) Old 05-07-2014, 06:18 PM
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What should we use to clamp off the hose? And just where would you stow it?
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