Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Yesterday I inspected the anchors and rode. The CQR is good but the chain did not fit the gypsy on the windlass. The windlass requires a 3/8" chain which was in the Bruce. That chain is rusted and not trustworthy. The rope rode is also suspect due to rust from the chain but should be ok for and extra anchor. Decided to put the smaller chain on the Bruce and use it as the backup. Need to order 60' of 38" chain for the CQR. Rope rode looks good as it is stored In chain locker in front of head.
Scouted out route for new wash down system. Tested reserve pump, seems to work good. Need 12' of water hose plus valve and 3way fitting. Plan to rig it so I can use the same hose for both sea and fresh water wash down.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Ok get your mind out of the gutter, we’re talking about dealing with the marine toilet and the sanitation system in general. Needless to say, as the name implies, it is one of the nastiest of jobs but somebody has to do it. When you don’t live aboard and maybe you’re docked in a marina close to the restrooms, the head is just something you don’t worry about too much. Every few months you might have to pump out the holding tank but that’s about it. When you live aboard though the head is crucial and because it is used quite frequently, shit happens (double entendre'?).
One of the biggest headaches when dealing with the marine head, especially the manual kind is the buildup of calcium in the lines. This calcium forms deposits on all the moving parts, the joker valve, the flapper gasket and the plunger. It solidifies in the hoses and builds up in the Y-Valve and the sea cocks so that you can’t even close them. You know this is happening when it becomes harder to pump out and you start getting water flowing back into the toilet after you have pumped it out. Some say that if you just flush with fresh water only it eliminates it. Not true, for the first 2 years after I completely replaced all my sanitation lines, pump, valves and seacocks, I always flushed with fresh water and I still got calcium buildup. Some say that if you pump vinegar in the lines every couple of weeks it helps. It might help a little but it sure does not eliminate it.
So I spent this Sunday morning taking my system apart and cleaning out all the calcium deposits. This basically consists of pulling off the pump from the toilet and disassembling it. I scraped out the deposits from the elbow, cleaned up both the rubber joker valves and the flapper valve and pulled the plunger out to clean the o-ring assembly. Put it all back together and wonders never cease, it works! This was without spending $70 for a repair service kit our $110 for a new pump assembly.
The best thing though was that when I went to close the seacock for the seawater intake I found there was no, yes zero, hose clamps. What a great way to sink the boat. Needless it now has the two hose clamps on it and thank goodness I found it. Not even sure the insurance company would pay off if an inspector found something like that after the boat sank.
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