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@jEt_jAk did that I think, and of course @SamCF, albeit sc it would be similar I think.After seeing how well my boat ran in the very cool air one early August morning. I've been scheming on how I can get nice cool fresh DRY air into the engine. So far I've got a lot of convoluted ideas, but nothing really in the works.
I suspect there are some gains to be had from some form of "cool air intake", but have nothing to back up that statement/idea.
There are some risks of water intrusion if you get too creative with intake placement as well.
To answer the question......shouldn't be an issue, but I would keep at least some level of screen on there to keep at least the major sized bits of dirt/debris/bugs/etc out of the engine.
Okay, I didn’t realize @jEt_jAk intake was still inside the engine bay, there are a couple of boats they run the intake to the outside. One issue is to insulate the intake hose/tube from the engine heat.@jEt_jAk @swatski
I had a similar idea. Was considering using some thin wall aluminum tubing, and using the hole behind the swim platform seat backs as the intake location. I think the cool air from outside the engine compartment is key to see any gains at all.
Needs some form of splash guard just to be safe though.
Get strong enough blowers in there, and you can keep the heat down and help engine performance. I'm interested in what you find.I’m currently more interested in upgrading the blower fans. The factory blowers are pathetic! And loud.—