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SPLASH! Ravat Is Launched!

posted Jul 28, 2011, 6:28 PM by Christopher Hubbell
Well, I'm told that she's in the water and looking fine.  Unfortunately, I had an insane day and haven't been able to get out to see her.  We had two nights of nocturnal boat work, and two mornings of getting up a 5am to do things as well.  I'm pretty beat, but my boat is finally launched after two years of refitting.

But...

My project of adding a raw water strainer appears to be a failure.  The original design of this boat uses a 1/2" through hull feeding a short section of hose with virtually no head directly into the engine water pump.  I decided that it would be a good idea to add a raw water strainer to protect the engine a bit.  Which, I maintain is still a good idea.

Fresh house bank wiring.
Onfortunately, bulkhead space is at a premium, and I had to mount the strainer up high over the batteries.  My strainer is a 3/4" model, so the input hose is 3/4".  I then step down to a 1/2" hose from the strainer back to the engine.

Between the larger intake hose size and the head pressure generated by putting the pump above the engine, my poor water pump was unable to move that juice, and the Yard's launch team had to put my boat into the maintenance bay.

My plan now is to bypass the strainer loop and revert to the original design.  I'm sure it will work just fine.  I just need to find time now to get out there and get it done.

Pictures will of course follow.  This is a big day for me.  Although I have a lot of work left to do, Ravat is officially a boat again and not just a big lawn ornament for the boat yard.

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