SailNet Community - View Single Post - Cooling Water Reduncancy....
View Single Post
post #8 of Old 08-11-2007
camaraderie's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 18
Doc...I don't think it is a good idea. When your impeller goes it can kick the fins into the line...if you add a second pump driven input you'll just drive them into the exchanger and then have problems digging them out. Get a big perko filter and a straight line large diameter water intake line to it and a quick release impeller cover and you can minimize delays due to clog and impeller failures.
Your fear seems to be "what if there is a failure when I NEED the engine" and I would say that :
1. Engines ALWAYS fail when you need them or they wouldn't be on.
2. Get a big honking anchor and rode that is easy to deploy quickly for such situations.
3. Make the chances for "typical failures" minimal through good design & timely maintenance (i.e dual racors, clean tanks, no bends in supply lines etc.)
4. Have the right tools & carry plenty of spare filters,belts and impellers and know how to install them.
camaraderie is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome