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Coolant Intake, Weeds and Strainers
We have a 1976 Pearson 30 with a venerable old Atomic A4. It's running fine and I'd like to keep it that way. Problem is: Due to way above-average temps, below-average rainfall, lots of wind from the south, our canal being oriented mostly north/south, and us being at the north end: We're in the middle of an incredible weed patch.
At least one visiting boat this weekend overheated attempting to navigate that weed patch.
Our coolant intake is on port side of the center-line, just forward of the engine. Comes up into a right-angle elbow, hose then leads aft a few inches off the hull and, near as I can tell, then goes up and over the back of the engine, into the top somewhere on the starboard side.
We currently have no strainer on the coolant line. I don't recall seeing one of those strainer type through-hulls when the boat was hauled for the survey. (Doesn't mean it isn't there--I just don't recall seeing it. I think I'd remember it, tho.) I'm certainly not getting in that mucky, nasty canal to find out.
I'm afraid to start/run the engine in that mess.
I think I'd like to install a strainer, at least. But I'm not sure I have the room/space, given the way the coolant line runs.
It occurred to me to try to poll her in/out past the weed patch, but my guess is the bottom's too soft for too deep for our boat hooks to accomplish that.