whoever put my boat together had some good design chops. Case in point - the exhaust elbow
- which is easily 35 years old - ie same age as the engine
Unfortunately no pic. but I'll try to use less than 1000 words. Its a 1979 yanmar 2qm20 raw water
. The exhaust
manifold is standard but the exhaust elbow
pipe is 2" heavy steel water
pipe with standard screw on bends. theres about 800mm rise after the elbow, ie above the engine and waterline, then a sharp angle down then another 400mm into the rubber exhaust. The raw water
outlet goes into that 400mm section so there is no chance of any water
feedback into the engine but the pipe is cooled before the rubber exhaust. Means there is no cooling
on the elbow to riser top but its so heavy its never been any problem. The elbow has been off twice in 6 years, no buildup, no blockage, only a very thin layer of soot. Somehow the guys who hand built this figured a way to eliminate wear and blockage at the exhaust elbow.
Good design always makes me feel humble.