Nettles clogging strainer
I have a sea chest that feeds several loads. Supplying it is a 1 ¼” ID through hull and a strainer. Because there are so many loads, there is a fairly significant volume of flow. When the sea nettles are bad (on the Chesapeake), they often get sucked into the clamshell intake. They then clog the strainer and have even gone through the strainer, into the seachest, and have destroyed the impeller on the genset. I’m now very careful when the genset is running to listen for a change in speed that will indicate I have nettles in the cooling. I’d like to eliminate or reduce the problem and was wondering what others might have done to address it.
Thanks in advance.