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Patrick.a7 09-04-2015 01:58 PM

Water System Op
Hey all. Hope sailing is good today. I want to stay overnight on my boat for the first time. The water system to the sinks does not seem to be working. Can someone run through the basics of a water system. The head is getting water... Nothing else is.

P424 09-04-2015 03:06 PM

Re: Water System Op
Well I will try to give you a general overview as you gave no model size or type of boat. There has to be a water tank or supply. A plumbing system (Pipes n Valves) to move the water from tank to sink. A water pump manual or electric to provide the motive source to move said water through the pipes from tank/source to the sincs. I guess the rest is up to you. Bob

MarkSF 09-04-2015 03:51 PM

Re: Water System Op
Can you hear a pump running if you turn on the breaker for pressure water? If not, why not would be a very good question.

BarryL 09-04-2015 04:15 PM

Re: Water System Op

As mentioned, the system is pretty simple;
Water tank (or tanks) to hold the water
water lines to connect tank to taps (in galley and head)
pump to move the water

Do you have pressure water or a manual pump? If pressure, there will be a switch on your breaker panel. If manual, you will have a pump lever at the galley and head

When you write that the head has water do you mean for the toilet or sink? Many / most marine toilets use seawater to flush. They have a separate water intake for that. The head sink usually uses fresh water from the water tank.

You will have to locate the tank(s) and see if there is water, then find the pump, then see what happens.

Good luck,

Patrick.a7 09-04-2015 04:56 PM

These are all great tips. The boat is a CS 27 1981. The water pump at sink in head seems to be wanting water... Yet no water comes out. There is a pump by the tank itself that does not seem to be working. I've opened or closed both (lever and tap) valves that seem to connect to the water system but nothing. Could the one pump be the culprit? Yes, I also have flipped the fresh water breaker at the electrical panel.

Patrick.a7 09-04-2015 05:13 PM

Also... So all boats have a manual pump? If so... What does it look like?

tgremmel 09-04-2015 06:45 PM

Re: Water System Op
Most boats have a manual pump, then a lot also have an electric pump. Mine has both as I think is pretty can hear it pressurizing the system when you flip it on. Most of the manual pumps (as on mine) that I've seen are little foot pumps on the floor near the sink.

If the pump doesn't kick on immediately when it's getting power, it's probably not working. If it's been sitting a while it might have frozen, or maybe it's just not getting power. Do you have an ohm meter to check the leads? If there's power to the pump but it's not kicking on to pressurize the system, time for a new pump. No big deal though...they're not terribly expensive. Unless the pump has a switch that turns it off when there's no water to pump, so you might want to make sure it's getting water.

If you haven't ever used the water on your boat, you probably don't want to be drinking whatever water is in the tank.

overbored 09-04-2015 07:31 PM

Re: Water System Op
OP profile says CS 27. do you have a faucet at the sink? does it have a manual pump handle or on off knobs like the sink in most homes?

Patrick.a7 09-05-2015 04:12 AM

The foot pump or hand pump can't be found by my man eyes. I'll look again in the am.
The faucets both look like regular single knob faucets. They unscrew to reveal a white hose. Should I pump those once the hose shows? The pump at the head sink seems to turn on but still no water comes out. I've opened both faucets.
I was not going to drink the water until I actually got it tested. I just wanted to rinse stuff with it. I believe the tank was empty and I filled some water in to test the system. I know that the water on the boat had not been used for a long time. I eventually would like to wash dishes, my face and brush my teeth with it tho. Thanks for all your tips.

Patrick.a7 09-06-2015 09:27 PM

Thank you. I now have water in my sinks. Although, it still has antifreeze in it.

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