I've read enough about using the freshwater coolant pump as an emergency
bilge pump for catastrophic leaks that I intend to do it. It also will
allow me to hook up a hose to flush after sal***er use and to flush
with antifreeze for winter storage. I plan to cut my intake hose (1 1/4"
I.D.) after the through-hull and insert a "T" fitting with a shutoff
valve so I could close off the through-hull and open this valve to suck
out my bilge with the engine.
My problem is finding the fitting. I can't locate a 1 1/4" I.D. barbed
"T" with a female branch in anything but plastic, which I'm trying to
avoid. Boat/US has a part sort of what I'm looking for for a mere $100,
but I'm trying to do better than that in price and versatility.
Where can I locate such a fitting? Is stainless steel as good as bronze
in sal***er? Other ideas?