I am about to begin tackling some major refit
projects on my Stevens 47 including installing two A/C units, and a new DC powered fridge and freezer
unit (leaning toward a pair of keel
cooled Frigoboat units) and a watermaker
My boat already has 9 thru-hulls, 7 of which I replaced last fell. I REALLY would prefer NOT to install additional thru-hulls! But, I know each of the A/C units will need water
as will the watermaker
. This would mean at least 3 additional thru-hulls. BLAAAAAAAA
But... One of the thru-hulls forward is used for the salt water
wash down on deck
. I figured I could install a 3 way diverter valve like this:
3-way Diverter Valve
And then use that thru-hull for both the forward deck
washdown AND the forward A/C unit. Any issues with that? Would I install this kind of diverter valve in line after the shut off valve attached to the thru-hull? Any suggestions on this or experience?
I figured on doing the same thing in the rear with an thruhull being used now for intake for the salt water
foot pumps and such. That one would be shared between the foot pumps, A/C unit and watermaker. I figure these things would likely never run at the same time.
Any other ideas on how to minimize the need for installing additional thruhulls?