Looking through my thousands of boat pictures one thing has presented itself as a possible problem, I can't take a good photograph. Some of it isn't my fault, lots of times you can't get far enough away to show the part of the boat in context or there is so much dust in the air that you can't see anything but flash. Eventually when we hit the big time I'll have to hire a professional photographer.
One of the subscribers contacted me and said that I was glossing over a lot of stuff and that I should add more details. WARNING: The following will be a detailed description of the water system on the 38' Northern Bay. "People that read blogs like geeky stuff." Let's hope the reader was right.
Water Storage: The boat is equipped with two aluminum water tanks. These were built by our staff welder and send to Performance Production Painting in Auburn, Maine to be powdercoated with a green 3m product that will resist corrosion and make the tanks last forever. The tank on the port side of the boat can hold 100 gallons and the tank on the starboard side can hold 50 gallons. The tanks are different sizes to accommodate for the other equipment that has to fit in the same area as the tank. The user has the capibilities to connect the tanks with a crossover valve. Three way valves let the user choose which tank to get water from.
Filling the Water Tanks: On most boats to fill the water tanks you pull the boat up to the dock and fill the water tanks with a hose. Although that is an option on the 38' Northern Bay you also have the option to turn the sea water into drinkable freshwater using the Water Maker desalinization unit. The unit uses reverse osmosis to remove all the salt from the water and makes it cleaner than Figi bottled water. The two water pumps (one high pressure and one low pressure) that run the WaterMaker are the two pump-like things in the top photo. (top of photo, high pressure white on left, low pressure gray on right) To find out more about WaterMaker go to www.watermakers.com
Pressurizing the Tank Water: A Jabsco water pressure pump pressurizes the tank water to 25 psi and has the capabilities to pump 5.5 gallons per minute. The water pressure pump is in the bottom photo and is the black unit on the left.
Hot Water: Once the water is pressurized it is split at a tee and one branch of the tee is hosed to an Isotemp hot water heater. (top photo, large cyclinder on left) The water heater has a 13 gallon capacity and can heat water using hot engine coolant or heat with a 110 volt heating element.
Water Outlets: The cold freshwater will be hosed to a deck wash down hose, a cockpit sink, a head sink, and a shower mixing valve. The hot water will be hosed to all the same places except for the wash down and cockpit sink. The types of sink fixtures haven't been decided on yet, I'll update the status as soon as the decisions have been made.
So that is a complete freshwater system, that was quite grueling to type. Its actually easier to install one of those systems then to explain how to do it. I glossed over a bunch of stuff, I didn't get into what type of hose is used, clamps and clips, or the wiring of the individual components. Next time there will be more details..........or less, depending on the feedback from my many subscribers.
Actual work that happend today: made a few wire connections on the boat getting the new engine, completed the construction of the flybridge benches on the 38' Northern bay, and prepared a 38' South Shore for phillyclad on the deck tomorrow.
BOOM, that took longer than is should have. I was watching television and couldn't stay focused.