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Rudder arm bolt cutting hole in coolant hose M235 Raptor

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During a spring inspection of my boat I found a large cut in some sort of cooling hose under the motor. The bolt that attaches the rudder arm is cutting a hole into the hose. It is almost completely through. I would not be surprised if it is already leaking slightly. It is next to impossible to get to, I think we will have to pull the motor to get to the hose. It is 2-3" in diameter and runs right above the location of the steering cable/rudder attachment. Has anyone else ran into this? Does anyone know what hose this might be, or have a schematic of all the hoses on a Raptor 575? Trying to figure out what all I need to order for parts and get ahead of this problem before summer hits. Also, while fixing it I would love to do some sort of preventive fix so we don't have to go through this again.

Thank you in advance to anyone that has knowledge on this. 


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Thanks Steve. I have to think that I am not the first one to encounter this. Hopefully someone has some good insights. 

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