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Re: Vented Loop Design?
...and that's why I removed the duckbill and modified it to match the original design. I can see where the vent tube eventually goes vertical, and it has worked this way since 1987. There is no way that the duckbill could be mounted vertically unless I change a bunch of 3/4" exhaust hose.
I guess that I made the right decision.
Just be sure your "exit" hose does not have any dips in it that can collect and hold water. With a bad impeller even a small "trap" can cause a siphon.
For engine vacuum breakers I prefer the ones made by the Scot Pump Co. as I find they are far more trouble free than a duck bill....
You can buy just the vacuum breaker:
Or the whole thing:
I tend to just make custom ones:
This was Ericson's idea for a siphon break and it sprayed salt water all over the engine when the brazed copper tube failed. It was also mounted under the cockpit:
A few dollars and 30 minutes later a new one that is significantly more robust replaced it.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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