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Old 08-11-2019, 03:07 PM   #1
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Hose Blister

Glad I keep up with engine room checks! As a component of pre-start I always run my hands over the hoses to catch anything unusual I might not catch visually. Found this blister as I was doing the check yesterday. Bummed that I have to swap out the hose, but very happy I caught it before disaster struck. Have heard in some venues that many recommend changing out all hoses every so many years - looking for recommendations from Forum members. Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:31 PM   #2
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Glad I keep up with engine room checks! As a component of pre-start I always run my hands over the hoses to catch anything unusual I might not catch visually. Found this blister as I was doing the check yesterday. Bummed that I have to swap out the hose, but very happy I caught it before disaster struck. Have heard in some venues that many recommend changing out all hoses every so many years - looking for recommendations from Forum members. Thanks!
Two schools of thought.
1. replace all hoses every 10 years, I think(recommended via a surveyor)
2. the other, as necessary... you found this one via visual inspection.
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I too like to check by hand. For hoses that should be pliable I give 'me a squeeze to see if they've either started to stiffen up or gotten too soft.

The Port Engineer where I used to work said 12 yrs from date of manufacture whether in use or on the shelf. I know from experience a lot of hoses will live longer than 12 yrs but as they approach that age I inspect them more carefully and more often.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:42 AM   #4
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That's a very good catch. When I bought my boat I replaced ALL of the hoses including oil cooler lines. Most of the hoses were original - 25 years old - some of them very stiff.


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Old 08-12-2019, 12:14 PM   #5
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I replaced every hose on Sandpiper at purchase 19 years ago. The boat was 24 years old at that time.

They are still pliable and appears in good shape.

I plan to replace all hoses again next year.
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Straight hoses are no problem to replace it's the molded hoses that can be a problem, especially if you own VOLVOs and replacements are unavailable.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:32 AM   #7
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After purchasing a boat, hose and belt changes (and spares) should be on the list with oil and antifreeze changes. Don't forget filters of every sort.
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After purchasing a boat, hose and belt changes (and spares) should be on the list with oil and antifreeze changes. Don't forget filters of every sort.
and fluide for the steering.
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