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Regardless of whether you install one of these screens or not, I strongly recommend you install a raw water flow detector. Should intake water be blocked for any reason the Raw Water Flow Detector sets off an alram instantly. By the time you notice the white smoke, rising temperature gauge or your overheat alarm goes off, much damage has already been done. Aqualarm makes a good one.
Never heard of those before. A neat idea, thanks.

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I put an external stainer(the round type that can be opened) several years ago on the intake of the air conditioning thinking that might help with the jelly fish around here, but even with coating both inside and outside surfaces with bottom paint it has a tendency to clog with marine growth. Next time out of the water, I'll remove the hinge if there continues to be problems with the marine growth.
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I removed an old one of those external strainer through-hulls and replaced it with a larger diameter bronze mushroom-style Groco through hull, and added a nice large Groco strainer inside the boat.

Haven't had the boat back in the water since then (hopefully will be re-launching in the next couple weeks, after 10 months on the hard), so we'll have to see how the new system works (along with all the other many changes I've made...).

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Some years back, I acquired a used Dufour 35 with an external strainer installed. The yard I used then was a high quality shop in Marion, MA, and the first thing they hounded me about was removing that external strainer and replacing it with an internal Groco. I did on ocasion, have to open the Groco and clear weed, etc, but very infrequently. Never had to actually rod out the through hull in the following 18 years with that boat.

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I replaced my thru hull strainer with an open thru hull last winter when I replaced my thru hull valve. I also added a large strainer and mounted it well above the WL. Finding space and building that mount was a challenge. The original thru hull was a flush bronze surface filled with small diameter holes. There was no strainer on the raw water side of the pump and I had added a small plastic one when I replaced the engine two years ago. It worked, stopping some grass. The new arrangement seems to work well. The strainer I now have looks large but it is easily serviced and is doing its job. I did push a small brush with AF paint up into the opening of the thru hull when I painted the bottom this spring.
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I have owned two boats over the last 30 years with external strainers. With the first boat I removed the strainer each spring and painted the interior surfaces with antifouling, after removing last year's paint, and never had a problem with growth at all. When she came out in the fall the strainers were clean. When I took delivery of my current boat new, there were no external strainers on either the generator raw water inlet or the main engine inlet. Strangely, however, the A/C inlet did have a strainer external. The first weekend I used the new boat the generator shut down twice for temperature when the inlet became clogged with floating vegetation and I dove twice in 50 degree water to clear the clog. Suffice it to say the following week I had her short hauled and installed screens on both the main engine and generator. Since then I simply spray the interior of the exterior screens in the spring with the same anti-fouling stuff I use on the prop. No problems. Here's the thing, sure you can clear a clog internally if you don't have an external screen but I guarantee you will not want to do that on a dark and stormy night making harbor under power when you suck up a bunch of grass into your main engine inlet and she begins to overheat. When I need my engine I want it to be there, period. BTW, when I was installing my screens I was debating screen forward or screen aft. I was aware of the ABYC standard of screen aft on sailboats, but I wanted to see what boats on the hard had. Naturally I looked at Hinckleys and they all had external screens facing aft for the main engine. Good 'nuff for me. That said, it is critical that the screens be maintained, like everything else on our boats.
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Another hinged strainer...

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I have owned two boats over the last 30 years with external strainers. With the first boat I removed the strainer each spring and painted the interior surfaces with antifouling, after removing last year's paint, and never had a problem with growth at all. When she came out in the fall the strainers were clean. When I took delivery of my current boat new, there were no external strainers on either the generator raw water inlet or the main engine inlet. Strangely, however, the A/C inlet did have a strainer external. The first weekend I used the new boat the generator shut down twice for temperature when the inlet became clogged with floating vegetation and I dove twice in 50 degree water to clear the clog. Suffice it to say the following week I had her short hauled and installed screens on both the main engine and generator. Since then I simply spray the interior of the exterior screens in the spring with the same anti-fouling stuff I use on the prop. No problems. Here's the thing, sure you can clear a clog internally if you don't have an external screen but I guarantee you will not want to do that on a dark and stormy night making harbor under power when you suck up a bunch of grass into your main engine inlet and she begins to overheat. When I need my engine I want it to be there, period. BTW, when I was installing my screens I was debating screen forward or screen aft. I was aware of the ABYC standard of screen aft on sailboats, but I wanted to see what boats on the hard had. Naturally I looked at Hinckleys and they all had external screens facing aft for the main engine. Good 'nuff for me. That said, it is critical that the screens be maintained, like everything else on our boats.

And that is why I no longer use external screens.

In 1988 on a Post 50 Sport Fisher the generator sucked in eel grass and shut down. Took over an hour at 1:00 am to get it running again. Impeller had been toasted and the eel grass clog, even with full dive gear, took nearly 40 minutes to get free with coat hangers.

It then plugged up the next morning at about 7:30 am again..

In 1996 on our Cape Dory I experienced the same type of clog heading up into Robinhood cove. Not a good time to lose the engine. Again, it took over 35 minutes with coat hangers to free the clog while diving in 3+ knot currents.

In 1999 on our Catalina 30 we suffered the same fate only this time drifting towards ledges with no wind. Got the drifter up and missed the ledge by about 30 feet. Spent over an hour getting my head banged on by the hull trying to free the eel grass. Took over 35 dives holding my breath to clear it.

In 2006 I experienced our first and only intake clog since removing the screens. Had it free and clear from inside the boat in under 4 minutes. I can't even put my we suit on in four minutes... With our current set up the eel grass makes it into the large internal strainer which I can open and clear in well under two minutes....

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An interesting idea.. but, nope. Not for me.

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