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Can I flood my engine trying to start it?

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by markwbird, Feb 1, 2019. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,557 posts, 1,318 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    Thanks Gunni but we've proven in over 50 years the exhaust location is 100% sure,not to backflood. If you look at the original double exhaust pipe drawing, it's evident that if any water goes over the high loop, it goes directly into the engine(no muffler or low hoses).

    Plus it took a while to locate a new outlet that wouldn't stain the transom as it dribbles exhaust/raw water. This was the original outlet and our son 12 or so years earlier. The new exhaust outlet, larger diameter (I increased hose size), has a long enough spout that it eliminates the previous problem.

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    BTW, I'd go with one of these preventers you posted if I had concerns about back flooding, before I'd consider putting in a shut off. Thanks.

  2. Gunni


    Joined Mar 16, 2010
    5,765 posts, 1,397 likes
    Beneteau 411 Oceanis
    US Annapolis
    Tom; I am really charmed by your family photos of the kids at various ages staged with your timeless boat photos. Well done.

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