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Installing an impeller in a hard-to-reach place

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Garmin’s Tip of the Month, January 2012


Submitted by
Capt. Robert Costa,
Marco Island, FL

Ever wrestle with installing an impeller, especially in a hard-to-reach place, trying to bend the vanes so they slip right in? Well, here’s a solution: Get yourself a hose clamp and put it around the impeller. Tighten it just enough to bend all the vanes and then slide it gently into the housing, loosening the clamp after the impeller is partially inserted. An old salt taught me this 45 years ago and also told me that when a wooden boat takes on water, sawdust sprinkled in the water around the hull is sucked into seams thereby sealing them.

This article originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.