1985 Catalina 30 here. Bought a few months ago after it sat (un-used for over a year, in the water) and things are starting to break. Not a big deal, I can fix things... but it's getting annoying because I live on it.
So last week, the day that I was heading out of town for the holiday, I ran dry of fresh water from my two tanks - "nice, good timing, and I'm in a rush so I'll fill it up when I get back" I thought.
I got back over the weekend, filled each tank with water from the dock/clean hose for about 5 minutes each (Not to top-off, because I did that before, and water overflowed up from the sinks on a starboard tack). Then I went to turn on my sink faucet and knock-knock-knock-knock-knock gusssshhhhhhhhhhh while knocking-knocking-knocking-knocking. This was the first time the water pump
sounded bad. I figured just because it pumped itself dry and is filling up again? It worked for a day, still making a rougher noise and vibration than usual, then this morning it stopped working completely. Both the galley and the head faucet stopped pumping water. The fuse is still okay, that was the extent of my investigation.
So, what now? I suspect it just pooped out, it could be 27 years old, which I'm finding out is the way a lot of things are, and because I'm putting everything to daily use, the wear/tear is dramatically diminishing the life-time of parts.
Anyways, I was wondering if there's some secret list of liveaboard-accommodating water pumps
that have a longer-use-life, or if I should just yank out the old one and order the same or similar replacement. Catalinadirect.com sells one that's more money than some nice sounding ones off amazon, and states that they don't have records before 1988 of the pumps
used in the factory, so I'll likely be drilling new mounts.
Any input and suggestions are welcome and appreciated, I'll get tired of using my 2.5 gallon jug for all my water needs very quickly..