Galley water pump stopped - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 05-08-2013
rbrasi's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 503
Thanks: 3
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 4
rbrasi is on a distinguished road
Galley water pump stopped

So, I went sailing yesterday and spent the better part of four hours heeled over. When I returned I tried to wash my hands in the galley sink and some water came out, then stopped. The pump was still laboring, but the water didn't flow. Someone here told me that the vent for my fresh water tank is blocked, but I can't even find it. Does that sound about right? There is definitely water in there, it just won't make it's way to the pump (which is below the sink at floor level).
__________________
1968 Cal 2-30
Sandpiper 2
MDR
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 05-08-2013
GeorgeB's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
Posts: 1,404
Thanks: 1
Thanked 31 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 10
GeorgeB is on a distinguished road
Re: Galley water pump stopped

Rbrasi, I can’t give you any specifics for your particular boat but here are some thoughts. The vent lines for your water tanks should be connected to the top of each tank. You can test for a clogged vent line by unscrewing the fill cover and trying the pump again. If you get water flow, with this, then your vent is plugged and you need to trace it and unplug it. If that doesn’t isolate the problem then you may have an inline filter that is plugged. This filter is there to protect the pump and most likely is located “just upstream” of the pump. Your Cal is pretty old and there are probably more than one previous owner mod made to your boat. You may have to do some more trouble shooting. No matter what, a day on the boat (even maintenance days) are better than a day in the office.
__________________
George B
2000 Catalina 34 MkII
Alameda, Ca.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 05-08-2013
Faster's Avatar
Just another Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 14,604
Thanks: 67
Thanked 178 Times in 174 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about
Re: Galley water pump stopped

If you were heeled over extensively then maybe the pump has simply lost suction. As George said without knowing the specifics of your system it's gong to be difficult to diagnose.
__________________
Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 05-08-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,292
Thanks: 6
Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Seaduction is on a distinguished road
Re: Galley water pump stopped

My initial thoughts are that the pump needs primed.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 05-08-2013
SlowButSteady's Avatar
Senior Slacker
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,223
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 5
SlowButSteady is on a distinguished road
Re: Galley water pump stopped

You might have knock some scale/sediment loose while you were sailing and it's now clogging the intake. Or something shifted around and a hose is pinched.
__________________
Never forget them. Do something to prevent it from happening again.
Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Josephine Gay, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli , Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison N. Wyatt
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 05-08-2013
poopdeckpappy's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 5,533
Thanks: 23
Thanked 38 Times in 32 Posts
Rep Power: 10
poopdeckpappy has a spectacular aura about poopdeckpappy has a spectacular aura about
Re: Galley water pump stopped

You may have to crack all faucets and let the pump cycle till air is out of the lines, then close each faucet, do the head first, close the cold first then hot, then go to the galley and do the same thing, cold first, then hot
__________________
1978 Tayana 37

Freedom comes when youíre ready to sail away. True freedom comes when you donít have to return


Cut off from the land that bore us, betrayed by the land we find, where the brightest have gone before us and the dullest remain behind, .......but stand to your glasses, steady,.......tis all we have left to prize, raise a cup to the dead already, hurrah for the next that dies
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 05-09-2013
lajimo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 187
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 3
lajimo is on a distinguished road
Galley water pump stopped

Very similar thing happened to me recently and it turned out to be gunk in the bottom of the tank that shifted around and clogged up the tank outlet. Quick check is to disconnect your water line at the tank outlet -if it doesn't flow freely then that's your issue. I reversed my wet vac and blew into the line and it freed right up.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 05-09-2013
tommays's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,228
Thanks: 1
Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 6
tommays will become famous soon enough
Re: Galley water pump stopped

There should be and intake screen as it tends to be easy to jam the check valves inside the pump with small chunks of stuff

The new ones have clear cover IF you can not find one I would thing something clogged the outlet check valve hence the laboring pump
__________________
1970 Cal 29 Sea Fever

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

1981 J24 Tangent 2930
Tommays
Northport NY


If a dirty bottom slows you down what do you think it does to your boat
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 05-10-2013
rbrasi's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 503
Thanks: 3
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 4
rbrasi is on a distinguished road
Re: Galley water pump stopped

I did like George B said and removed the fill cover and it ran, which leads me to believe it is the vent. I closed it, the water still flows but the pump makes a horrible noise. I had to leave the boat for a couple of weeks, so I can't address it for a while. I tried to follow the line to find a filter, but it disappears through bulkheads. I told this to an old salt and his response: 'well, it's a sailboat'
__________________
1968 Cal 2-30
Sandpiper 2
MDR
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
water heater stopped heating rmeador Gear & Maintenance 5 07-27-2011 10:39 AM
Water filter on a Gusher Galley 3 gpm foot pump? SanDiegoChip Gear & Maintenance 2 05-20-2009 02:28 PM
fresh water system stopped working after fill-up Bene505 Gear & Maintenance 26 08-11-2008 02:47 PM
Installing a galley hand pump witzgall Gear & Maintenance 10 07-17-2008 08:00 PM
Galley Water Pump maureena5 Gear & Maintenance 5 02-25-2006 09:33 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:32 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.