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Old 22-03-2010, 05:23   #1
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What the....

So I was on the boat this weekend doing a number of different projects. One of which was figuring out why the icebox was accumulating water. The icebox is in a lazarette on the port side of the cockpit and also has an opening on the side into the cabin. Obvious answer: some kind of a closed valve is preventing it from draining in the drains. This turns out to be correct, but with a catch. The valve isn't anywhere near the icebox. I was able to trace the hose from the icebox and discovered that it crossed the engine room to the starboard side of the boat, went under the quarter berth and stove, forward ten feet to a (broken) valve on the water intake for the sink.

So my question to CF is thus: why the heck does the icebox connect to the sink??? Is this a normal feature, or is my boat just "special"?

All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by....
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Old 22-03-2010, 05:27   #2
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I would have to go with "special"

Some people are like a slinky...

Not really good for anything, but fun to push down the stairs.
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Old 22-03-2010, 05:38   #3
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Our icebox drain was originally connected to the sink by way of a foot pump that allowed you to pump the water out easily.

I guess if you were so inclined it would have been a reasonable source of fresh cold drinking water if you keep it clean.

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Old 22-03-2010, 05:52   #4
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INtake or drain is relative. It may be INtake for a sink salt water foot pump feed or something, but well above the water line it will be a drain as viewed from the cockpit.

As long as there's little or no chance of siphoning it's probably OK.

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Old 22-03-2010, 07:13   #5
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The water will be very smelly if you drain it into the bilge. You want to get it overboard and an easy way to do this without making another hole in the boat is to run it to the sink. usually the sink drain. Or you could run it directly to an input to the gray water holding tank. Make sure you have a loop in the drain hose where ever you drain it to.
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Old 22-03-2010, 07:31   #6
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Mine is fed to sink drain with a hand pump.Don't use it anyway.marc

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