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Old 05-11-2015, 11:56 PM   #21
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Now, I am curious - how in the heck can one leave their sea strainer cap off/loose and not have water big time entering the bilge, assuming the through hull is open?
Our boat was not built with sea strainers and none of the previous owners in the SFO Bay area elected to install them in the 25 years the boat was there before we bought it. Perhaps they aren't all that useful down there, I don't know.

But when our boat came off the truck up here and into the yard for some stuff we wanted done, one of the things we wanted done was the installation of sea strainers as we had learned about eel grass and whatnot. The yard installed a big Groco strainer in the intake line of each engine.

The installation is such that the top of each strainer "bowl" is just a wee bit higher than the waterline. So if the top is removed with the seacock open, the water will sit just below the rim of the open strainer.

I never do this as a matter of practice, but always close the seacock when we remove and clean the strainer baskets and then open them again when the strainers are buttoned up. We leave our two engine seacocks open all the time.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:19 AM   #22
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What I repowered I made sure the top of the new sea strainer was above the waterline on my little boat. Probably read it in the manual or some book.

That said, I never actually had to clean it yet.
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I double checked mine via a photo of Sherpa's engine room and the sea strainer for the engine is definitely above the water line. My A/C and washdown pump strainer are below.
In fact then, it was only that precise fact that prevented your whole boat flooding big time…which could have been a lot more serious than replacing the impeller, so maybe not so bad after all. I think the thing that really saved significant damage to impeller, exhaust, and engine for that matter, is the sheer slowness these engines heat up fully.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:34 AM   #24
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Thank God for the humble members who share their stupid mistakes. It always produces a number of preventive alternatives that we'd be smart to emulate.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:41 AM   #25
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Vashon- Exhaust hose could be damaged where it connects to mixer. Pull the hose back and inspect inside. If it is damaged, it would be right close to where it fits on mixer. If ok there, rest of exh system should be fine.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:56 AM   #26
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Would like information on Vashon pocket trawler

I'm hoping that Vashon Trawler will share information with me. I've owned the "Puffin", a 23' Vashon Pocket Cruiser for a season now and would really appreciate any material/ plans from the boat works. Name is Rodney and email is shelterak@gci.net. Thanks
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I appreciate the responses and excellent ideas. Good advice, Ski. I will be on the boat this weekend to conduct some maintenance (oil and fuel filter changes). I am hoping I can remove the exhaust hose to inspect without damaging it. I've rarely been successful at removing an exhaust house without cutting it.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:04 PM   #28
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I've rarely been successful at removing an exhaust house without cutting it.
You probably already know this, but the application of heat from a heat gun can make a stubborn hose very easy to remove (or install). Obviously one doesn't want to use so much heat that it damages the hose, but used judiciously it can help keep you from having to cut the hose.
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You probably already know this, but the application of heat from a heat gun can make a stubborn hose very easy to remove (or install). Obviously one doesn't want to use so much heat that it damages the hose, but used judiciously it can help keep you from having to cut the hose.
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When we had a boat with a key, we would hang the key on the thru hull handle. Our Grand Banks doesn't have a key.
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Hopefully this is mail

I just got set straight about not leaving my email address in a post. I was hoping you could share information about the Vashon Pocket cruisers. I bought the Puffin last summer, a 23' Vashon pocket cruiser or Trawler and there is a ton I have to learn and I'd be happy to pay any costs to you for the info. I scoured the web without a whole lot of luck.

I don't even know if it's a solid or cored hull. I do know it's a scary feeling to have a half ton Dodge pulled down the boat ramp by her. This is also my first diesel boat. I'm pretty excited about this vessel. Thanks!

P.S. If you feel stepped on by my user name I'll change it if I can.
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I just got set straight about not leaving my email address in a post. I was hoping you could share information about the Vashon Pocket cruisers. I bought the Puffin last summer, a 23' Vashon pocket cruiser or Trawler and there is a ton I have to learn and I'd be happy to pay any costs to you for the info. I scoured the web without a whole lot of luck.

I don't even know if it's a solid or cored hull. I do know it's a scary feeling to have a half ton Dodge pulled down the boat ramp by her. This is also my first diesel boat. I'm pretty excited about this vessel. Thanks!

P.S. If you feel stepped on by my user name I'll change it if I can.
Welcome! I'd be happy to assist you. I will send you a private message so we can correspond. I have a lot of information on the Vashon trawlers and will gladly share what I have (no need to reimburse). Don't worry about the username--I'm just happy to see another Vashon owner on the forum! Please post some pictures if you can!

Vashons were either built as commercial salmon "trollers" or pleasure cruisers; there are various configurations. Most Vashon's have a hand-laid fiberglass hull but I recently learned that PCV foam core was optional (mine is solid). Not many Vashon trawlers were constructed so information on them is relatively scarce. I corresponded with the builder a year or two ago. There are a few brochure scans in this thread, which may be of interest to you.

Everyone who has worked on my boat comments that it is solidly built. Vashons have a full-displacement hull and are most sea-worthy. Most were outfitted with a 18HP SABB diesel but mine was re-powered with a 29HP Volvo Penta and swings a 16x8 heavy thrust three-bladed prop.

Enjoy Puffin and feel free to share more details about her on the forum!
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