There is a post titled SpeedSeal not recommended. I would like to change that to Speed Seal recommended! I've had my Gallant 53 in the Caribbean
for over 17 years. The Perkins
4.236 is mounted very low and forward in the hull
. Access is difficult. The water
pump is below the injector pump
and is large and gear
driven and is very difficult to remove. To remove the cover plate on the pump is an exercise in slight of hand... mainly feel and maybe a mirror. Imagine those tiny slotted screws in a seaway..and when they come loose, they head
for the bilge
unless you can set up a catchment system to prevent that...if they do drop down, of course their are nonferrous so no retrieval with a magnet.
We started out doing term charters and are now daysailing out of St Thomas.
When something breaks we lose money
. The Speedseal has made it easier to check the impeller for preventative maintenance
. If during a charter
, if needed, I can change it in minutes rather than an hour +. I like The companies recommendation to put together a kit next to the pump that includes a new impeller, a zip tie to bend the blades in the right direction, the lube for the impeller and cover, a new o-ring, and the impellor removal
tool that they provide with a new unit. I rate Speedseal a 10!