After finishing your business.. I assume you flip the switch to the left (its a jabasco) and pump it to get some lake water in the bowl. Then I flip it right and pump it into the blackwater tank right?
Basically correct...I find it helps to pump a little water into the bowl first before sit down activities! Only use the very cheapest and thinnest TP you can buy and put NOTHING else down the pipe.
If i pump it bone dry.. why does the bowl eventually fill up over time.. after an hour or so.. will it stop filling it up eventually? no risk of it overflowing?
You have a leaky intake valve OR a leaky joker valve. If the water is clean it is likely the intake. Jabsco has rebuild kits for the pump. Get one and learn how to fix it. It won't be the last time! As to overflow...the water will stop at the level of your boat waterline. If part of the bowl is above the waterline, then you're OK...if not...then the boat will sink. There should be a sea **** on the thru hull that your head pump is attached to from the 3/4" intake hose. keep it closed till you know for sure or have the leak fixed!
how do you know how much more space you have in your blackwater tank? just manually inspect the tank every now and then?
Inspect often...after a while, you'll figure out how many days "supply" you can provide without the "problems" an overflow tank or pressurized hose can provide!
The boat is plugged into a 30amp power from shore. Does power go into to the charger and constantly charge the battery. And is that DC power then get converted to AC for all the internal wallplugs in the boat? Does that mean I have to flip the "battery charger" to on the AC panel at all times. should i leave it there. Or does the AC from shore route directly to the wall sockets?
Power from the plug goes directly to the AC control panel from where it goes to the sockets and the charger. Your capin lights typically run off the battery and your sockets, water heater and air conditiong and microwave if you have them are typically AC powered. Learn where your AC main circuit breaker is!
When I turn on the faucet, and it pours down into the drain.. I believe it goes into a "grey water tank". How do i know if this is filling up. I have to figure out where that tank is located.. Or does that go out of the boat into the lake? is that allowed.. dunno how I feel about having that dirty water floating out around my boat?
Typically there is NO grey water tank. Sinks and shower drains are typically either lead directly overboard or to your bilge where the bilge pump pumps the grey water overboard when it fills to a certain level. Is your bilge pump working? Run the sink and watch the bilge...if water comes in, you know how the sinks are plumbed!
The previous owner put antifreeze in the watertank?? What is the purpose of this..just for longterm storage? how many times do i have to flush and refill with fresh water before its drinkable again?
Pink non-toxic antifreeze should be gotten out of the tanks AND plumbing lines by running a few tank fulls of clean water through the sinks and shower systems. Once the water is clear you can add a capful of bleach to kill any bad stuff. Anti-freeze is necessary when the boat is stored over the winter where a freeze is possible.
When i first walked into the boat, i flipped on every light in the boat (boat is connected to shore..) after 35mins or so with no provocation, the "cabin" breaker flipped off.. I had to flip it back. Is this a short in the line or am i using too many lights.. how could that be.. its just a few dim bulbs... hmm
SHORT...or bad connection somewhere. Trace it down and start by inspecting and cleaning the main battery cables at both ends.
Sorry for asking very basic questions. Please be kind to me
I am very new to this, and its all a big adventure to me at this point..