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    Some times I am not as smart as I think I am

    Yesterday was a typical day at the dock.

    I was happily desalinating water, something I do every day, when all the sudden my watermaker starts making a funny noise.

    I look over and the boost pump pressure is at 0 and the flow is at zero. Hmmm

    My first thought is a clogged pre filter so I turn off the high pressure pump and still the boost pump has zero pressure. hmmm

    OK, must have a bad boost pressure pump. So I get my spare out, and 30 minutes later try the switch. No pressure but I can hear the boost pump running. Uh oh!

    So I look over at my Sea Strainer and it has low water level. hmmm Well I never liked how the intake hose was a bit “kinked” and the sea Strainer was not quite as low as it should be so out come the tools and 30 minutes later I have re-positioned the sea strainer, which is now completely empty.

    I open the sea cock and it won’t fill. Hmmm

    So out comes the air compressor and I blow a bunch of air into the sea cock hose and the problem is solved! Probably a jellyfish got sucked up into the intake.

    I feel SOOOOO STUPID!! But I got to reposition the strainer, and try out my spare pump

    Thats a mistake I won’t make again!

    where are we right now​​​​​​???​

    Poor jellyfish
    Edmonds, WA
    "THE FIX"
    '93 2556 5.7 Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P
    (.030 over-Vortec top end-part closed cooled)
    The rebuild of my 2556
    Misc. projects thread


    • Nauti_Mike
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      It gave its life so a lesson could be learned.

    • builderdude
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    Humble is as humble does
    Ted G
    The Great PNW

    86 2850 Contessa SB
    Designers Edition
    Mercury 350 Mag
    290 Volvo DP


      Occam’s Razor
      P/C Pete
      Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
      1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
      Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
      1980 Encounter Sunbridge "Misty Blue" (Sold)
      MMSI 367770440
      1972 Chevrolet Nova Frame off Resto-mod in the garage
      Boating on the Salish Sea since 1948


        If i could recover all my errant "lost time in troubleshooting" I could live another half a lifetime!
        1998 BL Ciera 2655 Sunbridge LX (Special Edition)
        "Sea Flights"
        5.7L 2bbl w/Thunderbolt Ignition and raw water cooling
        A​​​​​​lpha I Gen II Sterndrive/1.45:1 gears
        M15.25 X 15P Black Max prop
        MFG Extra's - A/C, Fresh Water Engine Flush port, HWH and Windlass
        Docks @ Punta Gorda, Florida


          I've found in 60+ years that its always the last thing I check that turns out to be the problem. In the time I have left I have resolved to start checking the last thing first. We'll see how it goes.
          R.J.(Bob) Evans
          Buchanan, SK
          Cierra 2755
          Previously 43 Defever, Response LX
          Various runabouts, canoes & kayaks