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06-25-2007 12:23 PM
snorphinj Thanks all! I think i will skip replacing the vents on the side of the hull which are almost impossible to reach without dismantling parts of the interior and put new vent hoses on the water tanks which I can lead out a port when refilling. I'll also stand by while filling rather than going to the store or taking a nap.
06-24-2007 05:55 PM
TrueBlue
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Originally Posted by morganmike
I'm not arguing that there are some clueless people out there, I'm arguing that your post did nothing to answer the OP's question. The OP asked about best location for a tank vent, discussion ensued around that topic. You come in, master of the obvious, and post an off-topic know-it-all response about WHY we need a tank vent, which nobody was debating. The fact that someone came in afterward and asked if their tank might not have a vent does nothing to vindicate you.
It seems you're the one with a venting problem mike . . . lighten up, or try a little more fiber in your diet.
06-23-2007 10:43 PM
labatt I'll look at the bug route, but it's literally a 3 foot run, almost straight up, from the tank to the vent. It's a 1/2" tube with a clear hose (potable water hose) with a white vent cap plugging the top. Not too many places for problems... We usually leave the hose on full open when filling, so maybe it's too fast... We only have the problem with the one tank though. It's on my list now, but under fixing my head issue... I love owning a boat!!! I can't complain though...
06-23-2007 10:04 PM
camaraderie Labatt...in addition to what dawg said...sometimes water finds a low point in the vent line and pools there...effectively blocking the vent. Blow out the line with an air compressor if you don't find an alternate solution.
06-23-2007 09:57 PM
sailingdog Labatt-

The hose could be kinked, or the vent could be still blocked in some way... Spiders and other critters sometimes do that.
06-23-2007 09:26 PM
labatt Found one of my vents - it's inside one of my interior cabinets (where I store all my emergency equipment such as flares). The geyser must be due to filling the tank too rapidly for the vent to keep up.
06-23-2007 03:05 PM
morganmike I'm not arguing that there are some clueless people out there, I'm arguing that your post did nothing to answer the OP's question. The OP asked about best location for a tank vent, discussion ensued around that topic. You come in, master of the obvious, and post an off-topic know-it-all response about WHY we need a tank vent, which nobody was debating. The fact that someone came in afterward and asked if their tank might not have a vent does nothing to vindicate you.
06-23-2007 10:59 AM
Sailormann
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a big brass pole I'll get from a strip club (plenty of Nevr-Dull on it first, shine or not!)
Or you could leave it dirty and have a unique air freshener "Memories of Amber" (and Tiffany, and Kristal, etc., etc.....)
06-23-2007 09:43 AM
SimonV The tank has to have a vent or the resulting vacuum would be such that no liquid could be extracted. Vacuum is stronger than pressure.
06-23-2007 05:26 AM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by Boasun
Thinking about this problem... Maybe if you routed your vent into the cockpit. That way while filling the water tank you can nap in the cockpit and when your feet get wet you know the tank is full. Also when you are sailing with beam ends in the water you won't worry about your tanks being contaminated.
Amusing, but the idea of having all vents leading up and out well above the waterline is a good practice. When diagnosing an exhaust problem, I cable-tied a hose from the siphon break right out of the engine compartment and into the cockpit in order to achieve the recommended "16 inches above the waterline" requirement. The cheerful little ejaculations of H20 during engine operations were proof that I had both good flow and no water siphoning back into the manifold, as had been the case.

Now, running those vents to where I can see them is SOP.
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