Calling it quits for the night. Just came in from working on the boat and its probably not as bad as I expected. The hose from the outdrive to the sea pump was clear. The impeller and housing looks as new as when I installed it last week. The hose from the sea pump to the power steering cooler was packed tight with sand. After the power steering cooler it was clear. Next in line is the fuel cooler which was clear. After that is the oil cooler which was clear. Then the water goes in the thermostat housing which was clear also. I have all the hoses disconnected now. I just rigged up a shut-off valve fitting for my garden hose that just fits inside the 1.25 water hoses on the boat. Tomorrow I will back flush all hoses and coolers. I am going to order a strainer sometimes tomorrow along with a good bit of suction hose to install it.
Hey Dredge! How about a pic of your strainer installation so I can see how Fountain rigs it.
Oh, here I go thinking again, but will a strainer work on the pressure side of the pump as well as it works on the suction? I was thinking of buying two and putting one before and one after the pump. Looking at what happened in my boat the first restriction past the pump slowed down the sand and it clogged. If I could have a strainer in this position also it would be a breeze to clean out next time.