UNITED STATES CUSTOMS SERVICE
National Marine Support Center
6100-b U.S. Hwy. 1, North
St. Augustine, Florida 32095
Mr. Paul Kermis
137 Pacer Drive
Henrietta, NY 14467
Dear Mr. Kermis;
This letter is in response to your inquiry regarding the performance of the drive showers which my agency purchased for performance testing.
The shower was installed on a 42' Fountain Lightning with 502 EFI engines and Bravo 1 outdrives.
Only one shower was installed on one outdrive and both outdrives were equipped with temperature gauges, with sensors in the oil filler holes.
After approximately five minutes of operation at 4500
RPMs, the outdrive without shower registered 190 degrees. The drive with the shower failed to record the minimum gauge temperature of 140 degrees. The gauges were reversed to make sure that there was not a gauge failure. The same results was obtained.
Based on this single test, I found that the use of the shower results in a sensor reading indicating a reduced oil temperature of at least 40 degrees and possibly more. How
this finding will effect the life of the outdrive unit is difficult to determine. However, I do know that the enemy of moving parts is heat and I have every reason to believe that the shower significantly reduces this problem. It therefore stands to reason that we can expect a proportional increased life expectancy for our outdrive units.
I hope that this letter answers your questions. If I can be of further service, please
contact me at your leisure.
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Benjamin A. Rich, Special Agent