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Old 24-10-2014, 05:41   #1
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Dock water attachment

My Hunter 44DS has a water attachment on the stern to connect a hose to a tap at the marina. Is there anything you have to do before you connect the hose and turn it on? Do you have to turn any thing on the water system?


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Old 24-10-2014, 06:12   #2
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Re: Dock water attachment

You'll need a regulator to make sure ya don't over pressurize the system...

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40064-Br...hose+regulator

IF YOU LEAVE YOUR boat unattended with the dock water on...

I am a firm believer of a significant chance of seeing 4 docklines diving into the water in your slip where your boat used to be...
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Re: Dock water attachment

Do you switch the water pump off or leave it on?


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Old 24-10-2014, 06:26   #4
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Re: Dock water attachment

Not much point in leaving the pump turned on.

But I agree with the other comment, that hooking up to dock water is a great way to sink a boat if you aren't careful.
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Re: Dock water attachment

On my boat, the "city water" connection will bypass the fresh water holding tank automatically. I learned the hard way though that if I leave the fresh water pump turned on it will pump from the holding tank first and THEN the city water connection.
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Re: Dock water attachment

If it's like an RV and I assume it would be, you can leave the pump on if you like, it won't come on as the system will be pressurized at all times to a pressure above the pump pressure switches turn on pressure, but no pint in having it on, I'd turn it off.
Again if it's like an RV, a pressure regulator is HIGHLY recommended, plus I would have a charcoal whole house sized water filter, you can get those at any home supply store.
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DONT DO IT!! Just fill your tanks and use your on board system. The city has more water than you have boat. One broken hose or connection and you are SUNK.
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If it's like an RV and I assume it would be, you can leave the pump on if you like, it won't come on as the system will be pressurized at all times to a pressure above the pump pressure switches turn on pressure, but no pint in having it on, I'd turn it off.
Again if it's like an RV, a pressure regulator is HIGHLY recommended, plus I would have a charcoal whole house sized water filter, you can get those at any home supply store.

RVs don't sink when a component in the water system fails.


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Re: Dock water attachment

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.


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My Hunter 44DS has a water attachment on the stern to connect a hose to a tap at the marina. Is there anything you have to do before you connect the hose and turn it on? Do you have to turn any thing on the water system?


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There are several ways your water system can be configured so you'll have to check the owner's manual for the boat or have an experienced person examine your system if you want to do this.

I agree with many of the other posts that leaving city water connected to your boat, especially if you are away from it greatly increases the chance of sinking it. Even turning the valve off isn't foolproof because someone else might turn it back on by accident.

The safest plan is to fill your tanks and then remove the hose.
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My Hunter 44DS has a water attachment on the stern to connect a hose to a tap at the marina. Is there anything you have to do before you connect the hose and turn it on? Do you have to turn any thing on the water system?


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Quickest way to sink your boat. Hook up to dock water.

Second thing I did to my boat after I bought it. Disconnected the dock water hose and capped off the deck fitting. (First thing I did was to renew the bilge pumps and switches.)
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Re: Dock water attachment

I surveyed a power boat many years ago that was hooked up to dock water. When I got there, more boat was under water than above water. Use a regulator and turn the water off when leaving the boat.
My dirt neighbors recently had a plumbing fitting in the second floor bathroom let loose. Three months later and lots of $$ they are almost back to normal.
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Quickest way to sink your boat. Hook up to dock water)
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.
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Re: Dock water attachment

got home after a hard day of 17 hours of post anes care unit management to find the boat damnearsunk. do not fail to use additional regulator for water pressure and do not ever fail to turn of the water before leaving boat. not only at the boat, but at the dock.
even to go to store for a soda.
fail happens and blug blug soooo sucks.
\check all connections daily and as needed and double hose clamps every connection. use only high quality reinforced hoses. keep interior fresh water pump off until needed. then turn back off immediately.
try to keep fail outside of boat.

ps, my at the time husband(also fail) was last one out the boat that day, as usual.
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Re: Dock water attachment

>>>Quickest way to sink your boat. Hook up to dock water.<<<<

Sorry but have totally disagree! Been doing this for 5 years- never had leak. Like everything else- just be careful check fittings and turn off the water when you leave the boat.

You will enjoy having nice pressure on your boat.

I'm a full time live aboard and there are about another 30 boats here with live aboards, we all us use the dock water through a regulator - NO ONE has ever sunk, some people have been here 18 years! -
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