Boating is all about water, inside and
outside your boat. So, let’s take a close
look at maintenance tasks to stay on
top of all your water systems, with
loads of tried-and-true tips to keep
everything clean and functioning well
1.Anchor/foredeck washdown with pressure
pump and foot switch.
2. Galley sink. Filter for cleaner cold water.
Drains above waterline at max heel.
3. Air conditioning drip tray
drains overboard above
waterline at max heel.
4. Icemaker door
open when not used.
5. Bilge pump drain
well above water line
on max heel. Smooth
inner lining to hose.
Vented loop may be
needed if drain
is near or below
water line at
6.Head sink w/ filter on cold water and
drain above waterline
at max heel.
7. Shower sump pumped
overboard to discharge above
water line at max heel.
8. All thru-hulls equipped w/ sea
cocks. Note double hose clamps.
9. Holding tank vented w/ minimum
bends for better airflow.
10. Head discharges to MSD Type 1 w/ Y valve.
THE CARE &
SEAWATER WASHING ( 1) Seawater
systems such as anchor washdown and
dishwashing with a seawater foot pump (if
you’re in clean water and rinse well with
fresh potable water) can conserve water.
Bathing in saltwater frequently causes skin
problems in many people if done often.
A freshwater rinse helps.
DRINKING WATER PURITY ( 2, 6)
when in question, can be improved by
addition of a small amount of bleach. The
Washington State Department of Health
recommends approximately 1 teaspoon of
household bleach with no perfumes, dyes, or
other additives per 10 gallons of water (www.
See also the Centers For Disease Control
site ( www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/
safe_water/ personal.html#make_safe). If
possible, agitate the water after the addi-
tion of bleach and then let it sit for an
hour. Chlorine odor will dissipate after a
day. Bleach may initially make the water to
which it’s added unclear because it’s killed
the “bugs.” The water clears as these settle
to the bottom. They ultimately should be
flushed out. It’s preferable and safer to
add product manufactured for the purpose;
camping stores are good sources. If you
have questionable water purity and no way
to remedy it, boil water before drinking.
Drinking-water filters such as GE’s FXUVC