Randy, in the interest of not making assumptions...is your engine cooled with a closed loop and heat exchanger
("fresh water cooled") or directly with outside raw water
? ("raw water" cooled).
Pat, wouldn't installing a "T" with a relatively heavy hose on it be tempting the fates, in terms of possible vibration failure breaking the "T" fitting down the line?
Randy, there's an unwritten law about boat plumbing
: Whatever fitting you need, no one makes one in that size. If you have metric, you need inch. If you have inch and metric, you need Whitworth or a different thread pitch
. And if you have all that stuff lined up, whatever you have is made of an incompatible material and you'll have to make do with something cobbled together with a great deal of plumber's epoxy
and stainless clamps, or worse.[g]
It isn't just your installation
, this is normal on boats. Take your time with figuring it out, work on it till the solution seems as elegant as it can get.