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Old 07-20-2008
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Good Source For Hose Fittings?

Hi All,

About to embark on an upgrade for our boat: Adding an engine raw water intake strainer. Going to need some fittings. Wondering what a good source for them are?

There are two kinds of "barb" fittings: One kind is what I think of as a "traditional" barb fitting, the other is a barrel that's smooth, with two ridges. I'm thinking the latter, double-clamped, is the better way to go? But I don't see them anywhere.

Right now the fitting coming out of the through-hull is a right-angle 1/2" NPT (apparently) brass fitting. You can see it in the lower-left of this picture:



The plan is to mount the strainer aft of the fuel/water separator/filter you see in that picture.

Right now I'm thinking I want to go with this Shurflo strainer:


I'll then want the fitting coming out of the seacock to go straight up, so I can run the hose straight up and into the inlet side of the strainer.

I'll also possibly need fittings for the strainer to adapt its I/O to the hoses.

Complicating things is the fact that I think the existing hose is already over-sized for the existing 1/2" NPT fittings (I was able to easily slide a plastic male/male fitting labeled "3/4" into it) and I'm thinking of replacing the Oberdorfer pump with an MMI pump that, inexplicibly, has 3/8" NPT fittings.

TIA,
Jim
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