Hi All, After some advice as I'm a complete newbie. I've picked up a small piece of a stick in my Yamaha FXHO - If I get under the ski I can see it caught between the first blade of the impeller and the tunnel. I've tried a couple of things but I just can't reach it or get the leverage to move it.

My question is, do I just take the intake grate off and get it out by hand or am I likely to need to remove the nozzle etc and take the impeller+shaft out to get it off? Are either of these things worth learning to do or is this a speciality shop job?

The bolts on the intake grate appear to be sealed with a white silicon - assuming I need to get some of that for when the grate goes back on?

Many thanks