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The seawater strainer placed above sealevel and on the highest point on the seawater system on our Yanmar 3gm30f is empty when the engine is not running.

Is this normal ?
 

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I don't know. Mine is below sea level and stays full of water all of the time.
 

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The seawater strainer placed above sealevel and on the highest point on the seawater system on our Yanmar 3gm30f is empty when the engine is not running.

Is this normal ?
Doesn't sound 'normal' to me.. it also means your impeller must run dry on every startup for a moment.. Is there room to relocate it? Ours is also below waterline and always 'primed'.
 
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Are you saying the strainer is after the impeller? If the impeller is (properly) downstream of the strainer then it's pulling air for a bit until the system is once again flooded...
 

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Are you saying the strainer is after the impeller? If the impeller is (properly) downstream of the strainer then it's pulling air for a bit until the system is once again flooded...
Faster is absolutely correct the impeller will run dry for a short period. Even if it is downhill from the strainer to the pump and that section of hose is full of water, the air in the empty strainer will get sucked through the impeller.
That impeller is going to have a very short life and failure will be sudden. When an impeller fails you have a few minutes at most to notice the overheat and shut her down or serious damage will occur.
 

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You are right. The strainer should be full when the engine is not running. Greased the O-ring on the lid to the strainer. Now there is vacuum when the engine is not running and water In in strainer
 

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You are right. The strainer should be full when the engine is not running. Greased the O-ring on the lid to the strainer. Now there is vacuum when the engine is not running and water In in strainer
Glad you got it worked out. I'd recommend you pull that impeller for a close inspection and if possible reposition the strainer as low as you can get it, preferably below waterline (difficult in many sailboats).
 

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Could be an air leak at the strainer itself, or one of the hose connections. Clear seawater lines are great for detecting air leaks. You can see the bubble constantly flowing through.
 

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I agree with minnewaska there must be a loose fitting or opening somewhere in the line that is allowing for the vacuum in the line. Does it immediately empty, or does it take its time? Does that water run back to the engine or through the exhaust line? Speaking of which, you may want to check the exhaust line and make sure that it doesn't exit below the strainer. That would create the vacuum issue you are experiencing.


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I agree with minnewaska there must be a loose fitting or opening somewhere in the line that is allowing for the vacuum in the line. Does it immediately empty, or does it take its time? Does that water run back to the engine or through the exhaust line? Speaking of which, you may want to check the exhaust line and make sure that it doesn't exit below the strainer. That would create the vacuum issue you are experiencing.


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The OP reported the issue resolved in post#7
 

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The seawater strainer placed above sealevel and on the highest point on the seawater system on our Yanmar 3gm30f is empty when the engine is not running.

Is this normal ?
NO, its not normal as the contents of the strainer can drain-back and thus leave the strainer body full of air. If that slug of air reaches to the raw water pump, the pump may have difficulty 'priming itself' all the way to the pump ... especially as the pump normally wears/ages and the 'sides' of the pump vanes no longer 'seal' the impeller to the pump body vs. air. Once the pump and strainer are fully filled with water by the action of the pump, the water in the pump will make the proper seal to the sides; if the pump 'air leaks' past the impeller sides you may be running 'dry' pump for a long interval.

A strainer 'should' be below the waterline.
 
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