Bearing Failure Page 3

Maintenance Q & A — March 2005
By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Bearing Failure
PMY Tries... Drilltec’s Sea Basket
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We all know how important it is to check the zincs on our boats as part of our regular preventive maintenance regimen. But one place we tend to overlook is the metal basket strainer located at the raw-water inlet, which is prone to galvanic corrosion.

To prevent this from happening, Drilltec Marine offers its high-density polyethylene composite Sea Basket replacement strainer. I put one on a friend’s boat this past summer, and when it came time to winterize, he merely pulled it out and washed it with warm water and soap.

Not only is it essentially corrosion-proof, but Sea Basket is impregnated with an environmentally safe organic fungicide to help inhibit fouling. It fits various Groco and Perko strainers, and sizing one is easy. First, close the water intake line, and remove the old strainer. Place it beside the Sea Basket, and match up the scribe lines. Using a sharp utility knife, cut along the appropriate scribe line, and then insert the handle into the handle slots. Place and secure the Sea Basket into the strainer body. Open the water intake and check for leaks, and you’re done.

The Sea Basket is available directly from Drilltec and comes in two sizes to fit most strainers. The retail prices are $24.50 and $33.50. —K.K.

Drilltec Marine ( (713) 895-9852.

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This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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