Traps for young players: Impellers for Yanmar 3GM30F

For the first two years, or 600 engine hours, of
cruising on BCC28 #116 Zygote, we felt secure that we
had two spare impellers for the raw water coolant pump
aboard. We had, after all, ordered the spares,
including gaskets for the cover plate of the pump,
from an authorised Yanmar USA retailer.

At around 500 engine hours, a fellow BCC28 skipper
told me that he also carries a complete spare coolant
pump, arguing that swapping pumps is faster (and more
redundant and so perhaps a little more secure) than
swapping impellers.

At 610 engine hours, I pulled the raw water coolant
pump. And discovered that our spare impellers would
have done nothing but generate frustration.

Story is that our stock standard Yanmar 3GM30F was
equipped with a pump from Johnson Pump AB in Sweden.
The pump is so labelled and carries the further
detail, F4B-903 10-24509-09, imprinted on its
impeller cover plate. This pump has an O-ring, not a
gasket, and uses Johnson 810 slotted-shaft through-pin
impellers. The cover plate also has arrows showing two
directions of rotation: the lighter imprint is
correct. The cover plate is held in place by hex-head
bolts.

The spare impellers I had bought in the USA were
key-drive impellers.

I checked my spare water coolant pump (bought from
Yanmar Singapore). This pump has a cast bronze body
imprinted with the identifiers K W 01K-19. And this
pump uses a Yanmar 145410-46110 gasket on the pump
cover and key-drive impellers, same as what Yanmar USA
had supplied me as part number 128296-42070. The cover
plate is held in place by slot-head bolts.

I’m in the process of buying some slotted-shaft
through-pin impellers. After 610 engine hours, my
original impeller had a crack in one of the vanes.

The attached impellers.jpg (about 55 K) shows the
variety of impellers, with a key to standard
terminology.

Cheers

Bil

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