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Sea Chests

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by luvtocruise, May 21, 2021.

  1. luvtocruise

    luvtocruise Member

    May 1, 2020
    Sea chests seem like a great idea— Why dont all boats have/use them? Seems like fewer holes in the boat is the better idea— am I missing something?
  2. Slimshady

    Slimshady Member

    Aug 17, 2018
    Lighthouse pt
    Sea chests can be an issue if boat is kept in areas with mussels. The constant water flow from ac pump allows them to grow inside box. They break off and ruin motors impeller when run after extended downtime. Will also clog coolers. Many boxes use very fine holes in ss plate bolted to outside of hull instead of traditional filters. Cleaner install and nothing to service. Builders have in some cases installed dedicated thru hulls for engines and used box for everything else.
  3. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

    Jul 11, 2005
    Fort Lauderdale
    You NEED to have the A/C pickup with it's own thru-hull. But many builders put it on the seachest and that created huge issues with marine growth. Seachests are good otherwise, but all of your water runs then have to be pulled from the one place the seachest is.
  4. Kapn

    Kapn Member

    Aug 31, 2009
    Great idea for a 900' ship. All the raw water is needed in the engine room so hose lengths are short and visible for replacement, the ship is always moving and the intake gets cleaned when needed. Those three characteristics are not always present in a yacht.

    The yard will install the sea chest because it's easier and cheaper than individual sea-cocks. Then they run rubber hoses everywhere. Then they put bulkheads, flooring, equipment, and cabinetry over top of the rubber lines that will eventually need to be replaced.

    The yacht will sit in a marina for months as the Air Cond pulls water through and growth increases. As soon as the engines start, the Air Cond cuts out because there's just not enough flow for everything at once and the captain is calling around for a diver to scrub the intake plate.

    The builder will advertise that it's "Commercial Rated"!