We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common !
...this is NOT the steam I was originally referring to. On Saturday, I started the motor and ran it around 1000 RPMs until the thermostat opened (about 8 minutes or so). When it did, clouds of steam exited, as in David Copperfield could have made an Elephant appear. This, thankfully, appears to have been resolved during the diagnosis.
And absolutely no worries on the "preaching"... your comments about running it on hose water were absolutely welcomed and appreciated. It's been an interesting 8+ years with this boat, as there's no readily available "answer book". Every experience has been an opportunity to learn more about it. I still feel as if I've only scratched the surface.