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Thread: Mermaid AC needs priming

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    Mermaid AC needs priming

    The previous owner of my new to me 79 Bluewater tells me that the Mermaid AC loses prime. How do I prime that unit? When I turn the unit on, it spits a little bit of water out the side of the boat, but I am sure its no where near the amount that it is supposed to be running through it.
    I cleaned out the strainer, made little difference.

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    take the out put hose loose on the pump until it primes.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    I have the same issue. I installed a tee between the pump and the AC, with another hose on it and a valve where I can reach it. Open the valve for a few seconds to bleed the air and it's good to go.

    Virtually any time I run the engine in reverse (such as docking), the prop pushes enough air under the boat to cause the problem.
    Last edited by Stmbtwle; 08-02-2015 at 06:19 PM.
    She's a tired old barge but she's paid for!

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