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Old 09-12-2008, 19:00   #1
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Best way to run a diesel on the hard ??

Hi Everyone,

I need to run my Volvo MD11C on the hard and would like to know
the safest way to do this. Should I hook up a garden hose to the raw water intake or could I just fill the galley sink and stick the hose in there, and would that give me enough water pressure. Will the impellar be able to suck in enough water. Any suggestions would be great.
thanks - Bob
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We run a 500 Hp diesel on the hard all the time.

Can you close the main raw water intake valve between the strainer and the thru hull?
If yes, then close the valve and open the top of your sea strainer and let the hose run into that. Your pump will pull the water from there.

Do not physically attach the garden hose to your raw water intake line. That could cause damage if the engine isn't running and the city water pressure is high.

Keep an eye on the sea strainer so it always has water. Make sure you don't rev the engine too much as that could pull the water faster than it can be delivered.

By running water into the sea strainer it will just overflow into the bilge when the engine is shut off and not over overcome your raw water pump.
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Don't put the engine in gear and make sure the vessel is secure in the stands...i.e. chains between boat stands.
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Use a bucket

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open the top of your sea strainer and let the hose run into that. Your pump will pull the water from there.
A typical strainer is pretty small volume. I prefer to put a garden hose into a partially filled bucket. This way you can take your time fiddling with the hose nozzle to adjust the flow to match the intake rate of your engine.
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See my post from a different thread about winterizing.

Winterizing my diesel
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Thanks everyone !!

this sounds like it will be easier than I thought. Now to start work on my engine - Get ready for more questions.

thanks again - Bob
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