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Securing the Bilge Pumps

Posted on Mon 25 July 2011 in articles • Tagged with Systems - Plumbing

“They” say you should ensure your bilge pumps are secured so they can’t flip over, stop working, etc. Deep Playa has two electric and a manual bilge pump non of which were secured. I added an automatic switch to one of the electric pumps and secured the float switch …


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Spectra Capehorn Extreme Mounting Location

Posted on Wed 18 May 2011 in articles • Tagged with Systems - Plumbing, Systems - Watermaker

Capehorn Spectra Extreme Mounting Location

Last night after about 2.5 hours in the sewer I finished mounting the Spectra Capehorn Extreme membrane and clark pump unit. The unit is mounted on a piece of 3/4" marine grade plywood with 1/4"-20 machine screws and tee-nuts on the back, or in this case …


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Spectra Capehorn Extreme Unboxing Video

Posted on Thu 05 May 2011 in articles • Tagged with Systems - Plumbing, Systems - Watermaker

Around the time of the Seattle Boat Show I announced we purchased a Spectra Capehorn Extreme. Since I had just broken my clavicle though, we delayed delivery for several months. Now it’s here and you can watch the unboxing video in all it’s glory!

I’m actually cruising …


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Watermaker Decision–Spectra Cape Horn Extreme

Posted on Sun 23 January 2011 in articles • Tagged with Boat Shows, Systems - Plumbing, Systems - Watermaker

I woke up this morning feeling pretty good that with the options I had narrowed myself down to that ultimately none of them would be “the wrong decision”. By that I mean, I felt pretty confident they’d all work reliably and I really what I needed to focus on …


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Watermakers–Ya gotta have Faith…

Posted on Sun 23 January 2011 in articles • Tagged with Boat Shows, Buying Guide, Systems - Plumbing, Systems - Watermaker

I’m deep into my research about water makers, having met with Spectra, Hydrovane, and Village Marine yesterday at the Seattle Boat Show. I’ve also had extensive conversations with CruiseRO. You can see all the makesmodels and specifications of the units I’ve been looking at in my Watermaker …


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Replacing gate valve with proper seacock

Posted on Mon 22 November 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Hull, Systems - Plumbing

Gate valve

On the left is a shot of the original thru-hull for my shower sump. It has a bronze thru hull with a gate (common household hose bib) type valve. It is situated above the waterline unless you’re on a port tack then it’s well underwater. I don’t …


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DIY Seacock Installation

Posted on Fri 19 November 2010 in articles • Tagged with Classes and Workshops, Projects, Systems - Hull, Systems - Plumbing

I’m in the middle of replacing a gate valve on my boat with a proper seacock and thought I’d share this video from Forespar. It does an excellent job of showing step by step what you need to do.


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Installing Tank Inspection Ports

Posted on Mon 22 February 2010 in articles • Tagged with Systems - Plumbing

I wrote about cleaning the tanks before, here’s a great shot that sums up installing the Seabuilt inspection port. Using the rubber gasket you pick your spot, find the center and mark all the bolt holes. Then you cut a hole in the tank and drill out all the …


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Cleaning the Tanks

Posted on Tue 16 February 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Plumbing

The fresh water system was less that sterile when we bought the boat and we've done a lot of work to raise our water quality. I’ve already talked about replacing all of the plumbing hoses throughout the boat, new faucets, shower, installing a system wide water filter, etc. The …


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Weekend of Prepping Spars

Posted on Fri 08 January 2010 in articles • Tagged with Projects, Systems - Electronics, Systems - Plumbing, Systems - Rigging

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Dawn and I have started our annual cleanse diet which kind of messes with you with the first couple of days (headaches, low energy, weird tummy stuff) but now we’re back to more normal energy levels. We’ve still managed to be down at the workshop though cleaning up …


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