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cab13367
04-11-2010, 07:13 PM
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An intake strainer prevents debris in the water from entering your cooling system and possibly damaging your impeller. It is a factory installed option on Moombas. I installed a Sherwood 1-1/4" intake strainer on my 2006 LSV today. Here are the step by step instructions:

1. Remove intake hose where it connects to the v-drive. Using a crescent wrench applied to the back (square end) of the fitting, turn it clockwise so that the fitting is pointing straight up.

2. Install 90 degree, 1-1/4" PVC fittings onto the strainer as shown. I used teflon tape to help ensure a water tight fit. I got the elbows from Home Depot, $1.48 each.

3. IMPORTANT: Note that the strainer has an arrow indicating the direction of water flow so make sure you orient it correctly.

4. Using a utility knife, cut a length of hose from the existing raw water hose just long enough to allow you to connect the outlet end of the strainer to the v-drive fitting. Note that there is a spiral wound wire embedded in the rubber hose. You will eventually hit it with your knife. If so, cut the hose in the opposite direction (going away from the wire) until you get to it again, then cut the wire with a wire cutter.

5. Slip the hose on the strainer first, then over the v-drive fitting. You will need two 2" stainless steel hose clamps for this install (Home Depot again). I put a little Vaseline on the inside of the hose to make it easier to slip over the fitting but even then, I could not get the hose to go any further onto the PVC fittings than what you see in the pics. The wire in the hose prevents it from expanding much so it's a struggle to slip the hose onto the barbed PVC fitting very far.

6. Install the hose from the raw water intake to the inlet of the raw water strainer and secure with a hose clamp.

7. Check to make sure you have clearance below the bowl so you can lower and remove it. Check to make sure the strainer clears the v-drive cover.

Here's a link to Razz's post about where to get the strainer for about $20 less than the marine online retailers.

http://moomba.com/msgboard/showthread.php?t=10670

Here are the pics:

Intake hose removed:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg276/cab13367/Boat%20Pics/Winterizing/IMG_3049.jpg

V-drive fitting rotated upwards:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg276/cab13367/IMG_6248.jpg

90 degree PVC fittings installed onto raw water strainer:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg276/cab13367/IMG_6250.jpg

All done:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg276/cab13367/IMG_6255.jpg

cab13367
04-11-2010, 07:14 PM
Top view:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg276/cab13367/IMG_6256.jpg

csmsk
04-11-2010, 07:56 PM
Very nice, Al! I guess I should do this also. Simple and cheap insurance.

Thanks for your awesome info and pics... as always.

zegm
04-11-2010, 09:21 PM
GREAT JOB on the "how to install a strainer"!!!!

We ordered ours as an option and I have been shocked by what I get in this thing!

squeeg333
04-19-2010, 08:04 PM
Cab, I really like the install. I haven't got the boat out of storage just yet, but this is one of the first things I'm doing once I do get it out. I was trying to visualize where I was going to put the strainer such that I could remove the bowl easily. I think this is probably the best spot, unless you install it in-line and put the strainer up-side down.
Nice work man, and thanks for the pics!!

cab13367
04-20-2010, 03:26 AM
Cab, I really like the install. I haven't got the boat out of storage just yet, but this is one of the first things I'm doing once I do get it out. I was trying to visualize where I was going to put the strainer such that I could remove the bowl easily. I think this is probably the best spot, unless you install it in-line and put the strainer up-side down.
Nice work man, and thanks for the pics!!

You're welcome. The thanks goes to JesseC who got a pic from SC on how they do it at the factory. All I did was copy that.

Al