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Old    h2oslider            03-09-2003, 7:15 PM Reply   
I was wondering what size everyone is using for the tee off of their raw water intake to fill their ballast. I currently have a barbbed 1 and 1/4 in with a threaded tee to 1/2 inch. What sizes are you guys using that have a similar system?

And also would I be wrong in using a 2000 gph pump off the water intake or would it be better to use the 1100 gph so I don't "starve" the engine?

Thanks,

Paul Pearce
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-10-2003, 6:42 AM Reply   
Paul,

I wouldn't use anything smaller than a 1 inch Id. If you want your flow rate to stay at the pumps capacity you need to keep as much volume coming to it as possible.
Old    TY-one-on (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       03-10-2003, 6:59 AM Reply   
I was told to never go anything less than 3/4" hose therefore nothing less than 3/4" connections.
Old    h2oslider            03-10-2003, 7:59 AM Reply   
Thanks guys, but what about the pumps? Should I use the 1100 or the 2000?

Thanks, Paul
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-10-2003, 11:45 AM Reply   
Paul,

Ty is correct. I went from my 1 1/4 t'd off into a 1" and t'd that off to 3/4 for my pumps. If you want to make your life a whole lot easier, I would go with the Simer BW85 reversable pumps, they don't cost much more than the pumps your planning on using.

When I used aerator pumps, my 1100 was just as fast as my 2000.
Old    h2oslider            03-10-2003, 11:52 AM Reply   
Thanks for the advice cliff, but I already have the pumps, actually I've had them for a while and being a broke college kid I think I'll be sticking with the stuff I already have so I can do this without brakeing the bank.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot where did you guys find the tees that you used? I went to home depot and west amrine but they din't have the right sizes.

Thanks,

Paul
Old    h2oslider            03-10-2003, 11:53 AM Reply   
Thanks for the advice cliff, but I already have the pumps, actually I've had them for a while and being a broke college kid I think I'll be sticking with the stuff I already have so I can do this without brakeing the bank.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot where did you guys find the tees that you used? I went to home depot and west marine but they din't have the right sizes.

Thanks,

Paul
Old    TY-one-on (typhoon)      Join Date: Jul 2001       03-10-2003, 12:00 PM Reply   
There is a local shop here that carries it as there are many hard to find sizes. look up banjo fittings on the net and you will find them.
Old    Bob (bob)      Join Date: Feb 2001       03-10-2003, 6:29 PM Reply   
i would think a 2000gph pump would try to starve your engine at idle but maybe not at speed?? Watch your temp gauge for sure the first couple times you run it

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