Overheating - It is not uncommon for a boat's engine to overheat. With all kinds of items being thrown into the world's lakes, streams, rivers and oceans, it's almost inevitable that something will get sucked into the water intake. Be sure you check this area first. Should there be something stuck inside, remove the item and wait for the engine to cool off. After a bit of time has passed, try to restart the engine. Sometimes, trash isn't the problem though.
Another culprit to an engine overheating is the water pump impeller has blown. It's best to have this spare part on board. However, most persons will not so what do you do to fix the problem and get back to shore? Use the drain plug located in the engine's water jacket. Using a funnel, pour fresh water into it. While it won't completely fix your problem, it does help in that you can slowly make your way back to the shoreline. However, you have to keep watch on your temperature gauge. If it seems like it is starting to get hot, stop and let it cool down. Depending on how far out you are will depend on how quick you get back to the shore.
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