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A question came to my mind this morning as I lay in bed after a night of disturbed sleep. How come, after hiring a few, I've never hired a boat where I have had to close the seacocks before examining the weed filter and yet as soon as I bought my first inboard diesel ( Elysian ) I had to remember to do this to avoid flooding the boat.

No doubt there's a simple answer but ....

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Most hire boats have a Broads type filter which consists of a long brass tube coming from the hull skin fitting (with seacock) which means the top of the tube is above the waterline outside.  A tried and trusted method which means even if you drop the cap on the tube in the bilges, you still won't sink the boat and you will still get water through to the engine, without drawing air.

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