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Wire reinforced clear hose

It's been years since I've ordered this and can't find it anywhere. I'm going to do a project this weekend to install a flow meter (I know, high failure rate) and want to replace the clear raw water intake hose on the main engine, which is wire reinforced to prevent collapse. I prefer clear so that I can physically see the flow.

Anyone seen this anywhere? I tried Jamestown D, WM and Def.
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Wire reinforced clear hose

It's listed under Sanitation hose
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Re: Wire reinforced clear hose

Kuri Tec

POLYSPRING® Series K7160 Reinforced PVC Vacuum & Transfer Hose On Kuriyama of America, Inc.

We use a clear PVC with and SS wire
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Re: Wire reinforced clear hose

a. Unless there is aeration (bubles) you won't see flow.

b. A flow switch would be a better choise than a flow meter. The switch could then rigger an alarm (you may not want to kill the engine, just in case you are in a tight spot). There are meters that could be durable in this application, but $$$$. Same reason knot meters are a pain. Better be ceartain it's accesible.

c. Clear (vinyl) hose is not going to hold up as well. It also won't stay clear long.
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Re: Wire reinforced clear hose

The clear vinyl we have now has held up for 8 years and, while slightly opaque now, you can still see flow. Agreed, you are more likely to see the tiny bubbles. However, if she isn't pumping at all, you can see the water sitting level below the strainer or pump and not have to wait for exhaust water. You can also tell if the thru hull is blocked, as the water will rise and fall with the thru hull open due to boat motion.
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Thanks. Just to be certain, you use this for raw water intake to the seawater pump?

I might have to look for it in shorter lengths.
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Re: Wire reinforced clear hose

For what it's worth, I got one of these:

Aqualarm Save Your Engine Kit

I also have to replace the seawater strainer, as it has a leak and a new gasket didn't do the trick. Big air bubbles and failed to prime this past weekend. Had to sail into and anchorage to repair. Loaded it with water resistant winch grease to seal it.
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Re: Wire reinforced clear hose

How wide a hose are you looking for? Up to an inch or so, I've seen clear hose that is fiber reinforced instead of wire. That's sold as "hot water" hose. I'd expect it to be just as strong. The wire is designed more to keep a hose from collapsing when it is under suction, IIRC.
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Re: Wire reinforced clear hose

I use the crazy black stuff that says marine UL overkill or not

Its not marine UL below the waterline rated BUT I don't believe any clear hose is

BUT it holds up on filling machines through mucho amounts of material and even more mucho amounts of hot water and sanitation cycles
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