Chandlery December 2007 Issue

Bringing Back the Chill

Port-O-Flush makes routine flushing easy.

In May of this year, we reported on a product called Barnacle Buster from Trac Ecological. Although the product’s principal purpose is to combat marine growth and mineral deposits in cooling systems, it is also billed as an eco-friendly hull cleaner that will safely remove barnacles. At that time, we tested only its ability to remove hull barnacles. It was not as potent as other products we’ve tried, but effective and more pleasant to work with. Recently, we tested a companion product from Trac Ecological, the Port-O-Flush Junior. This portable flushing kit features a 120-volt impellor-type pump mounted at the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket that is fitted with both inlet and outlet valves. The pump draws approximately 1 amp and has a maximum flow rate of 5 gallons per minute. It comes with two 10-foot-long, 5/8-inch nylon-reinforced hoses with fittings and two pairs NPT nylon male adapters (½-inch and ¾-inch thread).

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