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Old 05-25-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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Finally! We're on our new 1984 Fu Hwa!

We picked the boat up in Annapolis on Sunday from the seller. They had the boat through the winter and the interminable spring as they did work required by the agreement of purchase. We brought her to our home marina, Swan Creek, in Rock Hall. We're loading in for the season and our two week 'vacation' aboard.

Yesterday's adventures included the water system blowing apart, not once which would have been more than plenty, but three times. Tiny hose clamps and clear vinyl tubing onto 1/2" copper tubing suggest a certain re-ordering of the priorities is required. We ran the entire 200 gallons of water out via the bilge pump.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:02 AM   #2
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Congratulations!
So now you have washed the bilge whats the next project?.........
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:12 AM   #3
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We picked the boat up in Annapolis on Sunday from the seller. They had the boat through the winter and the interminable spring as they did work required by the agreement of purchase. We brought her to our home marina, Swan Creek, in Rock Hall. We're loading in for the season and our two week 'vacation' aboard.

Yesterday's adventures included the water system blowing apart, not once which would have been more than plenty, but three times. Tiny hose clamps and clear vinyl tubing onto 1/2" copper tubing suggest a certain re-ordering of the priorities is required. We ran the entire 200 gallons of water out via the bilge pump.
This means you really need to have a look at the quality of your survey report. I assume this was not listed as an issue therefore the surveyor was either blind or incompetent.
Everything needs to be rechecked.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:36 AM   #4
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... Tiny hose clamps and clear vinyl tubing onto 1/2" copper tubing suggest a certain re-ordering of the priorities is required. We ran the entire 200 gallons of water out via the bilge pump.
Look at the brighter side...it could have been a fuel line. Congrats on your boat, I'm sure your vacation will be the best ever!
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:09 PM   #5
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Congratulations very nice good looking boat .
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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Very nice. Those minor "oops" things always seem to happen, but like was already said, be glad it was water not fuel.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:22 PM   #7
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At least you know the bilge pump works.

I second the re-evaluation of your survey. Not that it surprises me that things were missed.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:46 PM   #8
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Nice looking boat 'ya got there Cap'n.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:53 PM   #9
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Perhaps it was one of those things supposedly fixed post survey?

Well, the boat got you where you wanted to know so that's good. Enjoy.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:59 PM   #10
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Beautiful boat, odd way of testing bilge pumps though
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:31 PM   #11
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CaptBill & mblevins: The two patches, on both hot and cold water tubing, were under the head. That is, I removed the head to see the next section of water supply hoses. The section after this would be under the tub/shower. Happily, the head is poorly mounted (and I already own the replacement) and the hoses to it had enough slack to be able to tip it out of the way; did not have to disassemble any nasty hoses!

I cannot fault our survey or the surveyor for not removing the head to peek at concealed tubing.

As for the two patches, they have squeaky-clean hose clamps and clear, clean vinyl hose. Similar clamps and vinyl connect from these lines to the sink faucet. The seller said they'd 'given' us a new faucet. Hmmmm.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:39 PM   #12
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Congratulations.

Looking forward to interior pics.

Funny about joining plastic tubing to copper... I just did the same thing on the plastic water tank replacement.

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Old 05-26-2016, 06:38 AM   #13
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At least you know the bilge pump works.

I second the re-evaluation of your survey. Not that it surprises me that things were missed.
Yes, true, but the mind boggles has to how such a fundamental fault, in a system that one uses frequently, and each and every time one is on the boat, could have such an issue it fails the first time they go aboard. The plumbing on my boat is 40 odd years old, but it will be the last thing to 'blow apart'. The odd slow leak around a tap spindle...yes...the Sureflow pump might die without warning...yes...because t's the one already in it when we bought it 14 years ago...but blow apart such as to leak 200gal water into the bilge..?
Unbelievable...
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:40 AM   #14
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Yes, Peter B, I'm always pleased to have the totally silly, boneheaded evil of inanimate objects break into a peaceful day.
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She is a nice looking girl except for her blowing up at you three times. Hope this is an except and dosen't become the rule

Wishing you the best with your new toy even if i am a bit jealous
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:51 PM   #16
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Did you connect to city water supply? The city pressure is often significantly greater than that produced by the on board fresh water pump system that might normally have been the PO's normal usage. If so, you may have a defective or non existing water pressure regulator. The weakest part of the system will be the first place to 'blow apart'.


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Old 05-27-2016, 07:03 PM   #17
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McG., no we were on our own pump pressure. Lots of these single-clamp-copper-to hose connections. Only this inconvenient one blew.
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:54 PM   #18
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Still not as much fun as another new owner has had, but the water system blew again. Hot water side. We will be replacing all the clear vinyl hose and replacing it with reinforced hose.
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:37 PM   #19
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Congrats, Rock Hall is our favorite port. When we started our Great Loop adventure last year our first stop was a mooring ball at Swans Creek. You are lucky to have such a great home port.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:49 PM   #20
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frydaze, you may well have been moored near our 1970 LeComte North East 38. (She's on the hard at Swan Creek Marina, listed for sale.)
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