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Old 11-07-2014, 15:40   #1
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Raw water strainer

I think I already know the answer to my question.... Should I have a dedicated raw water strainer for the engine and install a second strainer for other things like A/C and watermaker to pull from? Thats my plan anyway, unless there is a good reason not to.
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Re: Raw water strainer

I like to have a dedicated on for the engine, but have used the engine one once for another thing with no issues.
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Re: Raw water strainer

Can someone explain the advantage of having 2 smaller strainers vs. one larger strainer?

Both will need to monitored or they will clog. A larger strainer (1.5 - 2x) can handle either flow while 50% clogged and thus would be less prone to clogging at critical moments due to heavy weed.

A larger strainer will give less resistance when clean, since the AC and engine will not run at the same time (didn't mention generator or that AC was engine driven).

I don't think this is actually a case for redundancy, unless they are interconnected (parallel). I see this behavior in process plants; a big strainer is maintained, smaller dedicated strainers see more neglect. I would have valves to isolate the systems in case of leakage or maintenance under way.
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Re: Raw water strainer

On my installation with a T, I could hear gurgling in the water spigot (it was a salt water faucet intake). I could see getting air into the engine cooling stream in the right situation. So that would be my only caution. A check valve in the non engine line might solve that.
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Re: Raw water strainer

Groco has an interesting discussion on this subject on their website. It also has a table that would help you choose how big a strainer (and thru-hull) you would need to supply various consumers. For instance they sell a manifold that fits an 1-1/4" strainer that will feed one 1" and two 1/2" hoses.
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