And I do mean for the water
supply, not the engine
A dear friend climbed down into my hold to cut a hole in my fuel tank
and clean it out. He did a fabulous job on the fuel tank
under very trying conditions.
While he was down there, he said, "What do all these hoses go to?" Hold is very deep and i can't get down there. I knew the exhaust
hose and the fuel
line, but that was it.
Turns out the water
fill hose and the scupper hose looked exactly the same -- and he didn't label which went to which.
I've been out of town most of the summer and came back to really foul water after one trip, so I cleaned the tank out well and didn't even use it. Discovered it was filling up anyway. It made no sense.
I kept a close eye on it. One day not too long ago i manually pumped it out again into the cockpit
, but i marked the water level on the side of the tank.
The next day, the exact same amount of water was in the tan.
So I poured food
dye down the scupper, and the water in the tank turned red. mystery solved
; he reconnected the hoses wrong.
HOWEVER: unfortunately I experimented with putting the kitty litter in the cockpit
because it's much easier to clean up there. Welll, not if the cleaning
water goes into the water tank ...
I had been draining the tank by running the galley
sink. One day there was a pot in the sink, so the water flowed in an arc
. This "waterfall" created an arc-shaped mini-dam of kitty litter clay.
This means I probably have clay in the water lifting pump.
I need to rinse that pump out thoroughly. My idea was to put VERY clean water in the water tank, cleaning
out every residue of kitty litter I can find (NO I DID NOT DRINK WATER WHEN I DID NOT KNOW WHERE IT HAD COME FROM), run it JUST enough to get water in the pump, and then turn the water off and hold it there, let it dissolve the clay, do that maybe 50 times.
i was wondering if there was something I could safely add to the water (that wouldn't damage the pump) to assist it in dissolving?
This is what happens when you barter for boat help. Mistakes