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I actually thought that the idea of these things was to ensure that any rubbish that came past was more likely to be washed away in the slipstream than enter the cooling hose.. but perhaps you have to be doing +50kts for that to happen.
To add to what BELLATRIX posted, as long as the inlet hose leading to the strainer in the engine compartment is above the waterline you won't get wet.
I will be removing my through hull strainer at next haulout.
I guess that's reason enough not to fit one then.
On the topic of rodding the hose out, how would I know there was something blocking the inlet? If I didn't get any water out the back end, my first thought would be to check the impeller - but that's after the strainer. Perhaps I should check the strainer first? Other than the cover being under serious vaccuum, how would I know to look elsewhere? Anyone had this actually happen??
I vaguely remember being told to take the hose off the strainer and blow - not try to shove something down the pipe..
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 10-06-2011 at 04:03 AM.