Posts Tagged with ‘Plumbing’
15 Sep 2014
Nothing is ever easy on a boat, especially an old boat. I remember years ago listening to my uncle complaining about his outboard motors. He was saying how they’re overly expensive and require way more service than a car engine. Today’s cars can drive about 100k miles with very little in the way of service. They’re almost bulletproof. Why are marine motors and parts different? Imagine if you were running that same car but you only drove it uphill on a steep slope all the time. […]
07 Sep 2014
We started this weekend out dealing with a problem that has bothered me since before we even bought Sundowner. The head sink drain was always sort of sketchy in that “will it sink the boat?” sort of way. As near as I can tell, the sink was plumbed to the seacock with some old vacuum cleaner hose. To complicate matters, it also involved a strange valve that I never really figured out. Well that stuff was long gone but plumbing a sink drain on a boat is not as straight forward as it wo […]
01 Sep 2014
There has been a fixture in Dani and I’s bedroom. For four years, two big brown cardboard boxes have taken up space next to a chest of drawers. Waiting… These strange boxes held water tanks that we ordered years ago. And there they sat, waiting for the day they’d be unwrapped and put to use. My my, how long they had to wait before their purpose was fufilled. But finally, over the labor day weekend, their time had come.
It’s strange removing a permanent fixture from your b […]
02 Nov 2011
Sundowner has some quirks. Sometimes quirks are endearing or mysterious. The galley sink was not an endearing quirk. We found out the hard way that the seacock under the sink was actually being used by the head discharge. Why? I’m still not sure. The sink drain itself actually fed into a hand pump in the engine room which pumped overboard. Weird.
Apparently you just had to open up the engine room and pump away anytime you wanted to drain the sink. When I explained this to Dan […]
24 Oct 2011
The weather is getting so much nicer..the summer heat is finally doing the way of the dinosaur. This weekend was nice and lazy for us. On Saturday we watched LSU beat Auburn, then headed to Laplace La, to meet Tate’s sister Paige and her husband Grant at a no name bar off the interstate. This isn’t normal procedure for us, but they live in Baton Rouge and offered us tickets to the Saints vs Colts game for tonight at the Superdome in New Orleans. They were nice enough to even […]
06 Sep 2011
Its sort of weird to say that TS Lee brought us nice weather, but it did. I mean sure there was a storm and a ton of rain and some flooding but yesterday, despite being overcast, was fantastic. We had weather in the 70s. Its been 3 months since I’ve felt that nice outside.
Because it did stop raining Dani and I decided to take advantage of the beautifully cool and windy weather and get a few things done at the boat. On the agenda was bilge pump plumbing. Last time at the boat I […]
12 Aug 2011
Since we have been in a holding pattern waiting on some more parts, we haven’t really been doing much at the boat for the past couple of days. We finally got bored sitting around and decided to go put in a few hours working on the seacocks and the head.
I had found only one truly seized seacock. It was the outlet seacock for the head. Our seacocks are the old style Groco cones. They look like this.
Its essentially just a valve. The way it works is this… The yellow handl […]
21 May 2011
Today we decided to tackle the last major obstacle that we had to before going on the hard. What do we have to do before being “ready” for the yard. A) Have the engine ready to remove. B) Have the bilge cleared out. Item A is very near done with only a few bolts left holding the motor in the boat. Item B though was a little more difficult. You see the bilge on our boat was cram packed with water tanks.
I need to get these 40 gallon monsters out of the bilge before we ge […]
26 Apr 2011
As we near the start of our first major phase of the refit, Danielle and I have been furiously doing our homework on what we need to order to make this thing successful. One of the major projects we knew that we would face in the initial drydocking would be the replacement of the old leaking fuel tanks.
Luckily a source still exists for these tanks via Worldcruiser Yacht Co which is run by the Bud Taplin who was the GM of the Westsail corp and probably oversaw the building of Sundowner. We w […]