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Usually the major difficulty with such projects is the access to both remove the old and reinstall the new - some of which will depend on what you choose to use as replacement.
Our boat was replumbed by the PO in "Pex"(?) with the push-lock removable fittings and it's worked out quite well - but this material is fairly stiff and may not snake easily into tight or confined or multi-bend paths easily. Make sure you choose a product that is rated for potable water.
Warm/Hot water is a possibility if you have FW cooling, but is a bit costly with reworking your cooling system and buying the HW heater/tank. Instant HW units are available but generally frowned upon by insurance companies, and they tend to take up more valuable space in the relatively confined head... Even though we have HW on board we virtually never shower below - we use sun showers on deck in the summer and usually shore facilities in the off season.
Beyond the physical access this is no more difficult than replumbing at home.
The old/stained/smelly cabin sole - I'd say rip it out and replace it with something new for best results. Lots of options here but try to avoid choosing carpet.
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".. 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)
Last edited by Faster; 01-12-2012 at 07:22 PM.