All The Pieces
In Maine we get long winters, and it gives us plenty of time to do projects, projects many owners, in other parts of the country, may put off until a failure point is reached. The lowly sea strainer is one of those devices no one ever thinks to rebuild, repair or replace, but they should.
For years I have used these solid cast bronze sea strainers from Perko. I also use & install the bronze strainers made by Groco. Unlike some Perko products this particular item is very well designed, hefty and will last a lifetime with only the occasional rebuild consisting of three gaskets. I find it to be one of if not the best built strainers on the market today and have gone to the trouble of installing them on almost every boat I have personally owned and on customers boats where and when the owners budget allowed for it. Fortunately this boat came with one already installed.
For this project I wanted to clean all the bronze pieces, polish the sight-glass and replace all three gaskets. For cleaning I used a stainless wire wheel brush in my bench grinder. The stainless wire wheel I use most often is made by Weiler. I also utilized my drill press with wire wheels and Scotch-Brite wheels on my Dremel tool. For polishing the sight-glass I used Novus #2 & Novus #1, but any clear plastic polish will work.
Here you can see all the pieces disassembled and a new gasket kit, which is readily available from Hamilton Marine in Portland, ME.