Let there be water Page 3

Of all the upgrades you can lavish on an older boat, few will give you more bang for your buck than a complete overhaul of the fresh-water plumbing system. An improvement in water quality should be immediately apparent; any of the new breed of water pumps will be quieter and less power-hungry than their predecessors, and with a little planning, you can make your boat much more user-friendly both
Author:
Publish date:
pvc_tubing_5
pressure_lines
cockpit_shower
tight_spaces

1. An accumulator, or expansion tank, is a slightly pressurized metal or plastic tank with a water-filled bladder inside. If the water pressure drops—for instance, if a faucet is turned on momentarily—the water in the bladder flows back into the pipes. This keeps the pump from starting up immediately. If your system suffers from water hammer or knocking, an accumulator will cure it. We decided not to install one because, like many modern pumps, the 4.75 gpm Whale I used is extremely quiet, and because replacing the entire water system pretty much guaranteed there wouldn’t be any leaks.

2. Many slip-domiciled boats have a shore-supply connection that allows a marina hose to be plugged into the ship’s water system. This is often accomplished via a garden hose fitting linked to the tank, but that’s not a good idea; letting water pressurized at 100 psi into a system that’s not designed to cope with more than 40 psi is asking for trouble. If you must do this, buy and install an inline pressure regulator. I decided I could live without plumbed-in shore water.

3. I debated whether to install an inline water filter, but so far I have not done so. The tanks are fairly new and the water does not taste bad. If I do eventually install a charcoal filter, it will go in the feed line to the two manual pumps.

4. I decided not to fit a salt-water pump at the galley. If I decide to install one in the future, I’ll plumb it to a through-hull and seacock, which it will share with a deck wash pump.

Related

shutterstock_1158262783

A Catamaran Takes on the American Great Loop

After completing the European Great Loop on our 1987 40ft Catalac catamaran, Angel Louise, my wife, Sue, and I sailed home to the States and spent two years sailing up and down East coast between Maine and Florida, like migratory waterfowl. Eventually, though, we decided to ...read more

01-LEAD_Alex_Irwin

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Competition

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image competition once again captures the excitement that is sailing from around the world An impressive 109 photographers from 25 countries took part in last year’s Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2018 competition. And while Portuguese photographer Ricarado ...read more

judges2-1024x319-0219-600x

2019 Pittman Innovation Awards

For the past couple of decades, the digital side of sailing has become increasingly important, to the point where it’s now almost inconceivable going offshore, even aboard a daysailer, without at least a modicum of electronics onboard—a trend that has been very much in evidence ...read more

Nathan-Bates-San-Diego,-CA

SAIL 2018: Reader's Photographs

Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? If so, we’d love to see it. Send your sailing photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter. Check back for updates! I took this shot from Cooper Island Beach Club as my ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com Fall in line In the days before GPS, the best trick outside the book for finding a harbor in dense fog went like this: if it’s surrounded by rocks, forget it; if not, in you go, but never try to hit it ...read more

190115-Mark-Slats-Golden-Globe-Race2048x

Photo-Finish in the Golden Globe Race 2018

With less than 1,700 miles to go to the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, second-place Mark Slats of the Netherlands has cut another 393 miles out of the lead held by French sailor Jean-Luc Van Den Heede in the Golden Globe 2018 race.  Jean-Luc aboard the Rustler 36 Matmut ...read more

06-Heineken-1-R2018_1March_©LaurensMorel_LMA5965_p

Post-Irma Heineken Regatta

Even more than a year and half later, the scars from Hurricane Irma are still all too visible on the island of St. Maarten. But if Irma couldn’t prevent the famed Heineken from taking place in the winter of 2017-18, you can bet it’s not going to put a crimp in either the racing ...read more