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SEAFARER 22 - Sink/Water System

I've never used the sink/water storage system on the boat --- anyone out there have any experiences they want to share?

At this point there is water in the holding tank and I play with the sink, but to NO avail... and where does that sink drain to? Right now the hose goes into the deck and the rest is a bit of a mystery.

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Most sinks are designed to drain overboard, as grey water isn't an issue so far.

The head is probably designed to discharge either into a holding tank or straight overboard, depending on the position of a diverter valve. Yours may or may not be setup this way, but it is fairly typical.

Some marine heads are also designed to be fresh water flushable... rather than just seawater. In some cases the flushing water comes from the head sink, and is determined by a diverter valve under the sink. Some are flushed only with fresh water, and require that the pressure pump be turned on, but that is very unlikely on a Seafarer 22... being most common on large power boats.
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The Previous reply just about wraps the waste water issue in a neat bundle,I would like to add if you have waste in the holding tank that you get it pumped out this should help in the elimination of odor of the second kind permeating the hoses and the boat in general.
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In theory the system should (or might) be set up like this:

A deck fill plate, to put fresh water into the tank

A hose leading down from the deck fill plate, into the tank

A fresh water storage tank, with two more hoses leading out it it.

One small hose, which is a VENT and OVERFILL line, that should run to a small vent fitting in the hull, usually high on the transom. Sometimes the overflow line is just allowed to leak into the bilge, cheap but not good.

One larger hose, which goes to a

Water pressure *PUMP, and sometimes a separate or integral pressure storage tank, and from there to

The Sink, which should drain straight down into the hull, connecting to a THROUGH-HULL or SEACOCK so you can't flood back up through the drain.

*About the water pump, it can be an electrical pump, or a manual pump (hand pump or foot pump) on the sink or below the sink.

So what you really need to do is start with the fill plate, and crawl all the way through the boat (heck, it's only 22 feet!) and trace the run of the hoses. Once you've traced it all out, the rest should become obvious.

The deck fill plate is also optional, on many small craft you are expected to simply take a hose below decks and fill the water tank directly, by lifting a cushion and opening a filler plate.
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Also, quick question for MZDANOW. By holding tank do you mean fresh water tank or waste storage tank? Holding tanks usually refer to WASTE STORAGE TANKS, not fresh water tanks, which are generally referred to as water tanks.

Also, on some boats, there is a diverter valve, or a separate faucet, which allows the faucet to pump sea water. This is usually only on bluewater cruising boats. This allows you to conserve the fresh water for things that really require it...washing your hands or the dishes generally does not, except for a brief final freshwater rinse.

Check under the sink and see where the hose going up in to the faucet goes.
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The head is a separate unit. I am curious about the sink waste water and the water that comes into the cabin... Anyone know how Seafarer set that up and the best way to manage it?
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I have a Seafarer 23, and i think it uses the same system. On mine, the fresh water holding tank is located in the bow, which has a filler cap (no deck fill cap) and a outlet hose leading back, hidden mostly behind bulkheads, moldings, etc, to the manual sink pump. The sink drain is then hooked directly to a Seacock, to drain outside.

I only purchased my boat last year, and have never used the sink / pump. However, you could try making sure the hose is connected at both ends. It may be a case of the pump needing maintenance, if it is not pulling the water from the tank.
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What year model is your Seafarer 22? Mine is a 1962. The water stowage tank is fiberglass, and is glassed integrel to the hull just ahead of the mast support column and extends side to side under the V-berth. There is a fill tube that runs forward up the stem into the forpeak and up to the deck to a fill plate. The tank has a fiberglass nipple at the low aft side that conveys the water via clear tubing to the sink. The sink drain tubing goes to a thru-hull.
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Yep, 27 years. Colington Harbour for the last 18. I have a Seafarer/Sailmaster 22 that is going through a lonnng rebuild. Back in the early eighties I lived in Nags Head Woods on a farm on the sound and plied these waters daily in a 17 foot Bandit from Point Harbor and Southern Shores to Oregon Inlet, and from the east side to the west sides north and west of Durant's Island and down to Stumpy point. For the first few years without a motor. What a long strange trip it's been.
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