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Old 09-08-2014, 12:57 PM   #21
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Hey Murray, BC is now in Puget Sound. Eh?
Shared with USA...?Least that is way map looks then farther up the Straights of Georga.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:11 PM   #22
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I just refill my tanks. Used the dock hose connected for awhile but when not hooked up the tank water was not "fresh" . Kinda nasty smelling in the shower. We dont drink the tank water, just use it for house needs. I usually have 2 cases of bottled water in the freezer that I transfer to the fridges when we fill them with food and not so cold items (beer) when leaving for a cruise. It jump starts the cooling and as the bottles thaw we have enough drinking water. I'm paranoid about "ice bugs" so I disinfect all of the ice I use with some type of alcohol. I have a pair of 250 gallon fresh water tanks so if not used it can get stale.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:25 PM   #23
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I fill the tanks and refill when needed or before leaving a marina. There is no city water inlet on my boat.

It's not that adding one is beyond my skills, it is not. I just don't think it's safe to have the city water connected, especially if we are not on the boat or are sleeping. If a pipe breaks or leaks in your home, there may be water damage but it won't sink. On a boat, it will sink.


Apparently American Tug agrees with this risk as they do not provide a dock hose connection on their boats. I have not found it at all inconvenient as my AT 34 has a 150 gal water tank which easily lasts for a couple of weeks. Why take the risk of a high pressure inlet?
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:16 PM   #24
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Why take the risk of a high pressure inlet?
Shouldn't be high pressure; get a regulator if so.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:19 PM   #25
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What risk? With a pressure reducer, possibly a meter, a couple of bilge pumps and the wits to turn it off when gone for longer than 8 hours?

Thousands of live-aboards do it all the time and the boats I salvage are never because of a fresh water leak.

As someone pointed out..more likely a shore power issue and boat fire than sinking because of a burst pipe.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:21 PM   #26
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............... I see so many people who are freaked by this, yet leave their shore power plugged in and on when away.
Electricity is lighter than air and won't settle in the bilge.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:59 PM   #27
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What about the moose, elk, weasels, bears, skunks and so forth up stream.....
We did a 6 month sea kayak trip on BC's coast and drank water from dribbles in the cracks of bedrock on the outer coasts low lying islands that was brown as root beer, and had a creamy head as well. Didn't boil it, didn't add bleach, and never got sick. (Came from bogs inland).

Water in creeks mere minutes from snow fields and glaciers in more mountainous areas is nummy.

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I love, just love BC, did a bare (bear) boat charter in Puget Sound.
Given a choice, I'd rather take Alaska's panhandle
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:38 PM   #28
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Hey Murray, BC is now in Puget Sound. Eh?
No, Puget Sound should rightly be considered part of Greater British Columbia.

The Canadians are still sore about the outcome of the Pig War.

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We use the tanks. I can't trust myself to remember to turn off the dockside connection every time I leave the boat or go to sleep for the night or take an afternoon snooze. A broken hose or loose hose clamp can sink your boat pretty quick with dockside water. Ain't worth the risk IMHO.
Me too. The part about forgetting to either turn it on or off.

and then, some genius on TF mentioned a inline volume gauge. Now, when hooked up to marina water, I set it to 300 gallons.

Works great. cost about $40.

Gives me peace of mind.
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While we have a habit of turning the dock water off when away, we are not always religious about it.

I see so many people who are freaked by this, yet leave their shore power plugged in and on when away.

I use a pressure reducer and always try to turn off the dock water when leaving the boat. The few times I have forgotten to turn it off, I just call the Marina and ask them to do it for me. I just think its a good habit to have.

On the subject of leaving the shore power connected: When I arrive at the boat, I turn on the water and always put my hand on the 50 Amp connections to check for heat. One of the nation's top Forensic Fire investigators told me that most of the boat fires that he has investigated were easily preventable by simply developing a habit of the checking the connections for heat. He said the heat, burning and discoloration are usually present for several weeks before there is any type of ignition event and fire.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:49 PM   #31
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No, Puget Sound should rightly be considered part of Greater British Columbia.

The Canadians are still sore about the outcome of the Pig War.

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Hey! Don't you go stirring up trouble, Bub, or we'll torch your Whitehouse...again;

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Old 09-08-2014, 07:06 PM   #32
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go ahead...we have more aircraft carriers now.....

the lawnmower gas is stored out back by the way....
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:12 PM   #33
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go ahead...we have more aircraft carriers now.....
Oh, crap, right.

As we don't have guerilla's in Canada we can't train them up for guerilla warfare, but we do have Sasquatches. If you think you have trouble fighting guerilla's where there's no trees to hide behind, you sure don't want a forest war against Sasquatches
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:14 PM   #34
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You Canadians should not get so cock sure. Within the next 45 days we here in Florida can hold hostage 40% of your national worth. On a serious note, I am really looking forward to the return of my northern friends here at the marina.
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Shhhhh..I told you were the gas is.....
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:28 PM   #36
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Oh, crap, right.

As we don't have guerilla's in Canada we can't train them up for guerilla warfare, but we do have Sasquatches. If you think you have trouble fighting guerilla's where there's no trees to hide behind, you sure don't want a forest war against Sasquatches
Aaaaahhhh hell send them to Fort Benning , we been training our future advisories there for over 30 years. You guys will be easy to train insofar you almost speak English,...Aye
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Shhhhh..I told you were the gas is.....
No problem, eh!

I'll send out the secret code word, our Canadian comedians will distract you, then we'll send in Celine Dion in the last few minutes to really distract and throw off your game.

Then again, maybe we aren't such bad neighbours after all
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No problem, eh!

I'll send out the secret code word, our Canadian comedians will distract you, then we'll send in Celine Dion in the last few minutes to really distract and throw off your game.

Then again, maybe we aren't such bad neighbours after all
A couple of ya can be a handful now and then..but all in all...I couldn't ask for better neighbors through the good and bad times our countries have seen. ....many unsung heroes and organizations Canada has produced...

Based on the alcohol and boating thread...you may have to supply us coming up again.....
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Never saw the need to connect with the public water supply. We don't live aboard nor are big water uses. Using up 200 gallons of water takes many months, so on occasion I pump the water overboard and refill with new water and treat with some bleach.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #40
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Live aboard...big diff.

I even have a splitter for water at the city inlet as we use water almost every day aboard to water plants, wash miscellaneous things, wash a dog, rinse fishing gear, flush the outboard, etc...etc...why go onto the dock and drag everything there?

Yep...many discussions on TF could be separated into liveaboard/not. And even then there will be differences of opinion...but I'll bet there would be tighter groupings.
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