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Old 08-05-2012, 06:36   #1
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Installation of Salt water(pump) in galley

Hi, In order to try to use less fresh water for cleaning dishes etc, i thought of installing a (manual?/pedal) pump so i can (pre) wash in salt water, and just rinse with some fresh water. Has somebody installed this..How? Anything i need to be looking at? All tips, hints and comments are welcome.

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Old 08-05-2012, 06:45   #2
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Re: Installation of Salt water(pump) in galley

good morning. I have two salt water pumps for this very reason. (Whale foot pumps). I installed them by teeing off the head water line. Don't tee them into the engine raw water as that can lead to air getting into the system and impeller failure! Ask me how I know! Pretty simple job really.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:10   #3
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Re: Installation of Salt water(pump) in galley

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good morning. I have two salt water pumps for this very reason. (Whale foot pumps). I installed them by teeing off the head water line. Don't tee them into the engine raw water as that can lead to air getting into the system and impeller failure! Ask me how I know! Pretty simple job really.
Thanks for yr reaction!. May i ask you where/how you actualy installed the whale foot pumps? (maybe you have a picture??).

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:11   #4
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Re: Installation of Salt water(pump) in galley

Tee-ing into head water is a big no-no, many a semi old head back pump a little. Gross!! You need another through hull and its easy, drill hole, epoxy backing plate, install bronze seacock. Also if your going to do a lot of cleaning at the sink, go with pressure saltwater. If cruising for more than a weekend and eating on board, the dish cleaner wouldn't want it any other way. I rinse with salt and towel dry, saves the fresh. Never Tee anything to the head intake, not even anchor wash down.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:22   #5
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Tee-ing into head water is a big no-no, many a semi old head back pump a little. Gross!! You need another through hull and its easy, drill hole, epoxy backing plate, install bronze seacock. Also if your going to do a lot of cleaning at the sink, go with pressure saltwater. If cruising for more than a weekend and eating on board, the dish cleaner wouldn't want it any other way. I rinse with salt and towel dry, saves the fresh. Never Tee anything to the head intake, not even anchor wash down.
Hey RabidRabbit, thanks for the advice!. I am thinking of tee-ing of from a salt water inlet for the watermaker (currently not in use, but the through hull is already there...) and as i am a liveaboard, i will concider to install a saltwater pressure pump.. (unfortunately those come very expensive here in Brazil)...

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:40   #6
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Re: Installation of Salt water(pump) in galley

These are all the different Salt water pumps.

Sink and Faucet Pumps from Defender

I have used this foot pump before and it works well.
Whale Gusher Galley MK 3
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Re: Installation of Salt water(pump) in galley

The Gusher is the ones I use. have had no problems with teeing into the head raw water but who knows? did it that way to save another hole in the boat. had to cut a hole in the cabinetry near the sole for the pedal and just bolted the pumps in under the sinks. Didn't want to over engineer any of it. don't have any pressure water on the boat and don't have any problems.
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