Iím trying to rig up a fresh water flush for my generator. Lately Iíve been leaving my boat for months at a time without running it, and I would like to at least flush and fill the generator and main with fresh water. I found an easy way to do it on the man using a flush cap on the sea strainer, but my generator strainer doesnít have a cap. Itís a perko strainer with a spin off bowl on the bottom. Looks like a cheap plastic thing.
Anyway, my idea was to install a 3 way valve after the strainer so I could connect my flushing bucket to the open port on the valve, shut the sea cock off to the strainer, then open the 3 way valve and suck in the fresh water from my 5 gallon bucket.
My plan is to mount a hose connection in the bottom of the bucket so there is some slight water pressure going to the genny raw water pump, hopefully to prime the pump and eliminate any dry running of the raw water pump.
My problem is I donít know what kind of 3 way valve to use. Would something like this work? Is it safe to use below the water line? If this valve fails it will be a problem, to say the least. Is there another way other than a 3 way valve? Maybe a 3 way ďTĒ with a port I can block off with cap or something when not flushing, eliminating the problems with a mechanical valve?
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Or would this be a better valve?
This is the generator strainer, with the bowl removed.
Do these bronze (I hope) hose barbs look OK?
This entire strainer setup seems very like a mess to me. When I first got the boat the old strainer was cracked and leaking. I had the yard in Indiantown install a new one, and this is what they came up with. Maybe I should replace this with a Groco ARG 750 bronze strainer? My main and AC strainers are Groco ARG 1000 models. If I go with a new Groco I can use the nifty flushing cap and do away with the valve idea.