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Old 02-18-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Are faucets for boats marine versions?

doing some replacements faucets and wondering if the faucets are any different than household faucets? seems to be the same but i figure i might as well check first...
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:17 PM   #2
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Are faucets for boats marine versions?

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doing some replacements faucets and wondering if the faucets are any different than household faucets? seems to be the same but i figure i might as well check first...
Can't say for sure, but I have replaced mine with home versions, and can't see any problems after all these years. I think a lot of the faucets purchased at marine sources may be plastic, trying to keep weight down.

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RE: Are faucets for boats marine versions?

We*just put a moen faucet*in the aft shower.* It was*challenging to find appropriate fittings to go from the plastic tubing to the mixing valve but after three or four trips to different*stores we finally got it!**

I stuck with a marine shower head as I read they were designed to maximize the lower water pressure on a boat versus a house.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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RE: Are faucets for boats marine versions?

I replaced all the faucets in my boat with cheapo-depot style.
I found they also have the exact adapters I needed to go from the boat copper to standard household plumbing.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:54 PM   #5
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RE: Are faucets for boats marine versions?

Our galley and head sinks are both home faucets. Our shower controls are Scandvik because of the hot and cold water spacing through the fiber glass. They were the only ones we could find that fit our hole configuration.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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RE: Are faucets for boats marine versions?

A Moem faucet set fit our sink, and the water supply lines fine one of the easier boat projects, I have done one of the cheapest too! We use an old fashioned rubber plug in the sink drain.
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:02 PM   #7
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RE: Are faucets for boats marine versions?

If you have the type where the end pulls out for a shower, you will have a hard time duplicating it at Home Depot or Lowes. Other than that, if it fits, it will work.
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RE: Are faucets for boats marine versions?

I have used all domestic type fittings.
Shower heads taps etc.
I paticularly like the ceramic seat type taps for positive sealing and no leaks.

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Old 02-22-2011, 06:52 PM   #9
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thanks everyone, big help deciding on a couple minor upgrades.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:21 PM   #10
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RE: Are faucets for boats marine versions?

I always replace the marine junk faucets on our boats with new " home " units... I have never had an issue with the lower pressures on our boats... I also usually crank up the pressure regulators on the pumps and add a larger accululator tank. Other than some of the scandvic line most of it is junk
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:33 AM   #11
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For minimum water use the kitchen counter sprays require a squeeze to spray seem best..

Great 90% of the time but a bit harder to rinse ones hair ,as that is quicker with 2 hands.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:42 PM   #12
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We are in the process of replacing the galley and the two head faucets on our boat. We elected to go with Moen products. Consider a spout that swivels for the heads - costs a bit more but will be a lot more user friendly. One word of caution is to carefully look at the supply lines and make sure that the faucets fittings will fit. You may need an adapter. Always pull up the old faucet so you can measure the openings before buying the faucet.* We discovered that even though the openings were 4" centers, the faucets did not seat flush. We had to use a rasper to widen the openings. Always do a dry fit. We found one faucet did not have sufficient stem because the countertop was thicker than usual and we are still trying to sort that out. Our supply lines have compression fittings that are not readily available. They were failing and we ended up getting a product called gator bite.

It just feels like we've gone through Plumbers 101.

Although we are not yet finished, the new faucets give a updated look to the boat.

Good luck with your project.

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IF you travel , the ceramic units are worth the extra bucks.
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"They were failing and we ended up getting a product called gator bite."

I think that is what I ended up using.*
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...............*We found one faucet did not have sufficient stem because the countertop was thicker than usual and we are still trying to sort that out.

You may be able to cut out some material from the underside of the countertop so you can get the nuts on.

A router with a rabbeting bit from the top or a holesaw from the bottom come to mind.* Take a look or call in a carpenter.* Doesn't have to be a "marine" carpenter.
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...............*We found one faucet did not have sufficient stem because the countertop was thicker than usual and we are still trying to sort that out.
**********You could also stick it back in the box and take it back, if you bought it at Lowes or Homedepot.

**********Measure the stems and try and get one that will work.


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...*One word of caution is to carefully look at the supply lines and make sure that the faucets fittings will fit. You may need an adapter. Always pull up the old faucet so you can measure the openings before buying the faucet.* We discovered that even though the openings were 4" centers, the faucets did not seat flush. We had to use a rasper to widen the openings. Always do a dry fit.

...Our supply lines have compression fittings that are not readily available...

It just feels like we've gone through Plumbers 101.

The fittings from the supply lines to the faucet were the most complicated part of our shower faucet install as well.* Combined with Moen's picto-graph instructions that did not show all the parts!?!

I totally agree that by the end we felt like we'd been through Plumbers 101.* But the results are worth it!

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Well, our heads were under the sink again as we installed the gator-bites. They still leaked not where the bite is but between the brass fittings of the faucet and the gator-bite adaptor. I can't tell you how frustrating it is. We put on some teflon tape but the two brass parts did not seem to screw in together all the way. We even did a dry run with the two parts and we couldn't get them to screw all the way in, but figured we would apply lots of muscle when doing the actual installation.
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...............*We found one faucet did not have sufficient stem because the countertop was thicker than usual and we are still trying to sort that out.
**********You could also stick it back in the box and take it back, if you bought it at Lowes or Homedepot.

**********Measure the stems and try and get one that will work.


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