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Old 24-10-2014, 08:24   #16
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Re: Dock water attachment

My house won't sink...
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Old 24-10-2014, 09:18   #17
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Seems tobe a popular concern. I wonder how many people who oppose shore water hookups leave the water on in their home when they are away. Far Greater monetary damage from both direct and indirect destruction yet seemingly unconcerned. A second floor pipe break can result in far greater damage and cost than a sunk boat.

It's all about convenience.
Do you bounce your house around on 6' waves on a regular basis? It's a much different situaiton.

Also, a $200k boat goes to the bottom, it's fairly typical for it to be considered a total loss. If a pipe let's go in a $200k house, it's unlikely to be more than a few thousand in damage. If it's in the basement, there is a good chance, there is just a little clean up with anciliary damage.

There were two boats that went down in our marina this year. Neither are back in the water.
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Old 24-10-2014, 09:30   #18
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I have only had the yacht for 18 months and always felt that I would like to keep turning over the water in the tanks so that they don't get stale, so I haven't ever connected up to the dock connection. I don't mind sitting on the boat holding a hose for awhile every now and then to fill the water tanks up. I probably won't connect up the hose but I just like to know how things work, thanks.


We have a sister brand boat, and have owned a different sister brand boat before, too; both came with built-in pressure regulators. Our current regulator is 35 PSI, and that seems to have been the standard across the Luhrs-related brands.

We leave our freshwater pump off, when hooked to dock water. We also almost always fill our own tanks and cycle instead. We also do some significant filtration as we fill.

There are several previous threads on freshwater and tanks and so forth.

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My house won't sink...
The typical refrain. The boat won't either unless some idiot is managing it.

I don't have time now to pull the data but suffice it to say few, if any, turn off the water in the house when going out and it only seems to be a statistical problem in the imagination of folks who can't figure out to turn a valve off when worried about it..

And a couple ofsinkings is trivial compared with the millions of dollars in water damaged houses every yeR.

You figure it out.
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Old 24-10-2014, 12:12   #20
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Seems tobe a popular concern. I wonder how many people who oppose shore water hookups leave the water on in their home when they are away. Far Greater monetary damage from both direct and indirect destruction yet seemingly unconcerned. A second floor pipe break can result in far greater damage and cost than a sunk boat..
You can't be serious.
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Re: Dock water attachment

Gee, I can remember to turn the propane off when I'm through, I can remember to turn the water off when I'm through.
For the real paranoid, buy a auto shutoff water meter made for lawn sprinklers, you set an amount that will not sink the boat and every time that amount of water is used it shuts off.

I don't worry about it, my boat has no connection for shore water
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Re: Dock water attachment

I wouldn't cap off the shore water connection if you ever think you will need to lay up the boat in a cold weather location. I use it to pump the pink stuff through the system, and in the spring, to flush it out much more thoroughly than I would be able to with the tank and water pump. Otherwise, I don't use it. But hey, I try to remember to turn off the washing machine hoses in my house after each use.


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Re: Dock water attachment

If I were to hook up shore water on an attended boat I would definitely add something like a water fuse to shut off the flow so I could sleep well at night.

There are electrical ones but I would stick with mechanical for a boat.

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Regulating pressure is also something I would do. Boat systems shouldn't be subjected to city pressure IMHO...

For an unattended boat I would shut off and disconnect shore water.
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Re: Dock water attachment

We had a direct dock connection on our last boat, but not on our current boat.
The upside is less having to fill the tank
Tanks stay with just watermaker made water so we know it's good to drink
Better shower pressure in marinas

Downside is the boat might sink, we rarely remembered to turn the dock water off if leaving the boat, when sleeping etc

I was considering altering the plumbing on this boat but don't think I'll bother as we don't spend much time in marinas anyway
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If I were to hook up shore water on an attended boat I would definitely add something like a water fuse to shut off the flow so I could sleep well at night.

There are electrical ones but I would stick with mechanical for a boat.

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I looks like that would only work if a line or fitting burst or came apart. A slower leak could still sink the boat.
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I looks like that would only work if a line or fitting burst or came apart. A slower leak could still sink the boat.
Presumably a bilge pump could keep up with a slow leak?

I also suggested this would be an attended boat.
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Re: Dock water attachment

I have a regulator water fitting on the boat which I used to use with a great deal of apprehension. I had a quick connect attached to it and would physically disconnect the hose when I left the boat. However some marinas don't allow permanent connections. I now just fill my tank.
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Re: Dock water attachment

I like the idea of a basic twist 1hr timer. Set it up on the boat side of the hose, near the water inlet. Need to shower or use the sink, give it a twist and it shuts off automatically in an hour. Jumping on and off the dock to turn water on and off gets a bit annoying. Filling the tanks every couple of days is less effort, but as pointed out it has it's downsides. If you run a watermaker it's best to flush with non chlorinated water otherwise you have to have a charcoal filter to protect the membranes as suggested.
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