I am planning on putting A/C (reverse type) onto my boat. The frequent solution to raw water
intake is punch a hole in the boat.
Several months ago I came across a picture/description in an "improve your boat" book, where the individual made a square box manifold. They increased the engine raw water
intake and used the manifold to divert the water
to several items (sink, watermaker
, etc.). The thought being to limit the number of holes, even if they are larger.
1. Have you seen such a thing and have a reference? (this one had a clear viewing port so you could see that water
was coming in through the valve.)
2. Is this a reasonable approach? I am trying to balance more holes agains fewer larger ones, so alternatives are welcome.
3. The reason I am posting
here (instead of plumbing) is the engine
currently uses that water so I want to protect it. Can I make the through hull
larger, run it into a manifold as long as the run to the engine is still the same size?
4. Does the engine intake size matter, presuming it is at least the size of the current
5. Is this overkill when a "T" without changing the size of the through-hull would work? How would I know I have sufficient volume for both the engine (Yanmar 3GM30F) and an A/C (undetermined), or watermaker
Thanks in advance.