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Air Cond to shower sump? Necessary or not

I am replacing my shower sump. We have a cheesy Atwood multi-port shower drain system and the 2 air conditioners water discharge travel to the sump box and are then pumped over.

When I redo this I am wondering why I need to even bother with having the AC water empty to the shower sump. It seems to add a lot of unecessary complication to the system. I am thinking of just directing the AC discharge straight to the bilge. After all, it's clean fresh water.

Why is that a problem. It will just get pumped out by the bilge pump and we don't use the ACs except when we are at the dock. Obviously soapy shower water with dirt and haisr shouldn't go into the bilge, but why is all of this directing of the AC needed? Cars just dump it on the ground.

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I wouldn't bother plumbing the A/C condensate to the sump. It isn't necessary IMHO. A/C condensate is pretty clean water, especially compared to shower grey water.

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We've had ours plumbed to the bilge on the last two boats. I see no need to make it more complex...though those that insist on a perfectly dry bilge might disagree.

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Thanks SD & Cam....Thats what I wanted to hear. All those hoses just to redirect a few drops of clean water seemed unnecessary to me!

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For about $200 you can get a venturi type device that sucks the condensate out with the cooling water (seawater) on the AC unit. If it were about $20 I might do it, but I'm using the bilge method myself.
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Smile I am with the Dog and Cam

on this. Mine just goes into the bilge.

As Steve sez, there is a venturi device that sucks it out, but at 200 bucks, I'll live with the water.
I figured the Dog would figure out where w could buy the venturi as he hardly ever sails. Even Cam might be able to find it out of his RV.

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It is probably the cleanest bilge water you can get, but it is still water in the bilge. There will always be a pool of it below the level that the bilge pumps reaches, and the keel bolts will always be wet. And since the "pond" will always be there, sooner or later things will grow in it.

I'd rather see it used to clean out the shower sump, or collected in a blivet that was manually dumped or pumped from time to time. If the water is SO GOOD...plumb it into the fresh water tank. (Doesn't sound so good now, does it?[g] )
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Distilled water

Basically condensate is distilled water. Why not just collect it in an old milk or juice jug. Dump it overboard if you want. If you have wet cell batterys you can use the water for topping up the cells. Is it that big a chore to empty the jug when needed?
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It is probably the cleanest bilge water you can get, but it is still water in the bilge. There will always be a pool of it below the level that the bilge pumps reaches, and the keel bolts will always be wet.
We haven't had keel bolts in years. We had those taken out to reduce weight and make the boat faster. Its working so far.

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