Re: VP TMD 22 muffler

Ryan Meador

We just went through this replacement process a few months ago.  If you're willing to spend the money, probably the best option is to have a new one fabricated in metal or fiberglass so you can continue to use it as a step.  I wasn't able to find anything off the shelf that would work for that, and in the interests of time and money, we went with a Vetus.  Specifically, we ordered a model LSG75 and then added the SET0004 connection (because the two connections are different sizes on our boat, but the mufflers all come with the same size on both ends).  I think one could just as easily order an LSG90 with a SET0003 and swap the connections as appropriate, but Defender has the former combination in stock and doesn't stock the latter.

It was a real pain to get the exhaust hose to bend in such a way that it will connect to the muffler, but with a little application of heat and a lot of choice words, we got it in.  I was initially concerned about the strain the hose continuously applies to the muffler, but it seems fine.  We replaced the exhaust mixing elbow at the same time with a stainless one so that we hopefully never have to touch this system again.  It is hard to retrain your muscle memory to avoid stepping on the muffler!

Ryan and Kelly
SM 233 Iteration
Salem, MA, USA

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 12:51 PM Paul Osterberg <osterberg.paul.l@...> wrote:
Thanks Bill
We are preparing Kerpa for Our next trip which is planned to go to The Amazon then slowly north to Trinidad for Lay-up, but after that we plan/hope (Covid19 allow  to spend a few years in the Pacifics so probably better to replace it now when I have time. Is Vetus the best Option for a Muffler? 
Paul on SY Kerpa SM#259

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