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Old 01-16-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

As a part of Skinny Dippin's Charging System Upgrade project that I am undertaking this winter HERE (new window) I need to move a few of the raw water components to make space. Currently, the HVAC and anchor washdown systems share the same thru-hull and strainer. It's been a bit of a pain to send Bess to the engine room to flip the levers to send the water to the washdown pump before we pull up the anchor. Lucily, the previous owner had installed another thru-hull, but had never plumbed it to the washdown system. I am finally going to split the systems to each have their own strainer and thru-hull.

Once again, I plan to mount the entire system to a piece of Starboard in a central location.

Here is the current system just below the house battery bank. You can see the unused thru-hull with the square-head PVC plug on it. All-in-all, not the best use of space.


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Here is the first mock-up on plywood with the washdown pump (left) and HVAC pump (right). BTW, the nipple on the AC pump is only a temp piece. The one on order will be for 3/4" tubing.


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Old 01-16-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
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I LOVE the way you set up your mock ups first... I have to ask out of ignorance, what is the HVAC pump for? I dont believe i have one on my boat...

Most marine AC systems are water cooled.* Same with the reverse cycle heat.* It extracts heat from the water.

In response to the original post, my washdown pump shared a thru hull and seacock with the raw water head intake.* I had to operate a valve to change from one to the other.* After some thought, I realized that there was no good reason to have a valve so I replaced it with a "T" fitting.* It works fine.* I thought I might need check valves but I don't.
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RE: Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

Ron,

Does your "T" fitting draw off water from your sea water line before or after your sea water pump?

Gonzo,

How much was the "Blaster"? And can it run w the wash down valve closed without any vent or relief?

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:18 AM   #4
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Does your "T" fitting draw off water from your sea water line before or after your sea water pump?

Gonzo,

How much was the "Blaster"? And can it run w the wash down valve closed without any vent or relief?

Eric

The "T" is connected directly to the seacock that's connected directly to the thru hull.* One branch goes to the head intake, the other to the inlet side of the washdown pump which is a couple feet away.

The pump was already installed on the boat (aftermarket) when I bought it.*I just replumbed the inlet side. *I suspect it was somewhere between $100 and $150.* It's just a standard washdown pump.

I don't quite understand the last question, but the pump turns on automatically when I open the nozzle to wash down the chain or deck and shuts off when I close the nozzle.* I also have a toggle switch to turn it off when I'm not cruising just in case there's a leak or the nozzle gets hit and partway opens.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:32 AM   #5
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RE: Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

What Ron said is correct. It uses a pressure switch (the 2 wires that go to the non-motor end) to turn off the pump when pressure is reached.Just like your freshwater pump. We have a cutoff switch too,but it's just the breaker in the panel ;-).BTW... I have no idea how much it was. It was installed when we bought her. It does a great job though. I can't imagine not having one considering the muck the bottom of the Neuse is made of. ICK!
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:35 PM   #6
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I needs some help finding a couple of parts for this rig. I need to reduse the 1 1/2" female threads of the seacock down to 3/4" hose barb and have it be bronze. Not had much luck. Can y'all help?
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check McMaster for reducing bushings
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

That was the ticket right there. THANKS! I always forget to look there after I look at Grainger.

Wait... Can brass and bronze me mixed in salt water environment? Or can I thread BSPT into NPT?


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I needs some help finding a couple of parts for this rig. I need to reduse the 1 1/2" female threads of the seacock down to 3/4" hose barb and have it be bronze. Not had much luck. Can y'all help?

I had pretty much the same problem a couple months ago and was able to find the bronze fittings at my local West Marine.* It took two pieces to do it.* A reducer bushing (I think it's called) and a 3/4" male threaded to hose barb adapter.* The bushing screws into the seacock and the adapter screws into the bushing.
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West Marine? Who knew???... Now I have exactly what I need. Thanks Ron!
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West Marine? Who knew???... Now I have exactly what I need. Thanks Ron!

Yep, they carry some boat stuff!

Not the least expensive place in town, but when it's for a boat, it's a good place to start.* And you get to put your hands on the items before you buy them so you can be sure you're getting what you need.* Also, if you're not sure, you can buy extra stuff and return it for a refund if you don't use it.

My sea strainer replacement project took several plumbing fittings as well as the sea strainer itself.* I took printouts from defender.com and another boating site with me to West Marine and they matched the prices on the items I was able to price on line.* I ended up saving quite a bit.
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West Marine? Who knew???... Now I have exactly what I need. Thanks Ron!

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You're welcome.

Yep, they carry some boat stuff!

Not the least expensive place in town, but when it's for a boat, it's a good place to start.* And you get to put your hands on the items before you buy them so you can be sure you're getting what you need.* Also, if you're not sure, you can buy extra stuff and return it for a refund if you don't use it.

My sea strainer replacement project took several plumbing fittings as well as the sea strainer itself.* I took printouts from defender.com and another boating site with me to West Marine and they matched the prices on the items I was able to price on line.* I ended up saving quite a bit.
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RE: Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

Remember to use only bronze and NEVER brass or red brass with salt water. One of the hardest things to find is* bronze nipples. WM and most marine suppliers don't carry those. Search for "bronze hex nipples" and you will find what you need. Here is a link...

http://www.midlandindustrial.com/pro...ronze+Fittings
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RE: Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

Yep, thanks Keith. After I asked, I did a little research about it. I also found what I needed at both WM and Jamestown Distributors. If you go look in the thread about my electrical upgrade project, I got a Jamestown box in today with my bronze 3/4" NPT -> 3/4" I.D. hose barb. I have some coming from WM tomorrow. I will compare the two, but the WM ones appear to have a longer hose barb, so I will likely use them on the actual seacock connection.

Next question for the masses: What thread sealer? I used Pyrex blue for the fuel rig and it's working fine. Any reason I can't use it here or should I use thread tape of some kind?
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RE: Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

Gonzo and Ron,

I really like your radiused 90 degree elbow. And I'm envious of your very clean bilge Ron. Your's too if you've got one Gonzo. Thanks for the explanation about the flow and the pressure switch. I use fresh water for my head so I am looking at the sea water intake plumbing for the source for the wash down pump. Anybody doing that?

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Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

Actually, with the limited space I am stuffing this into, I am not using a radius elbow like Ron's picture shows. I am going to use tighter "standard flow" elbows. My application is only for washdown and A/C raw water. I don't think the lower flow will be a problem with those systems. However, if/when I get to redoing the plumbing to the engine coolant raw water, I will use a "full flow" elbow for that.

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(BTW... My bilge is not NEARLY as clean as Ron's... Yet.)


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Next question for the masses: What thread sealer? I used Pyrex blue for the fuel rig and it's working fine. Any reason I can't use it here or should I use thread tape of some kind?

I would use plumbers "pipe dope".* It seals the threaded connection while maintaining the electrical continuity you want for bonding.* Tape may or may not cut through and allow the metals to actually make a good contact.
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I use Permatex #2 (the non-hardening type) for all my threaded fittings.
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In my installation, the only reason for the radius is that the seacock and strainer are too close together to use a straight adapter. It would have kinked the hose. Two 45 degree adapters might have worked.

As for the clean bilge comment, thanks.
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RE: Winter Project II: Raw Water Plumbing

Not a huge jump, but I thought I would just post a pic of the mock-up as it sits now. A few new parts came in like the 90-degree elbows and the reducing bushings (top center).

I would like to point out something I have found that may be very important to future generations that might read this thread or to someone that wants to attempt this kind of project themselves. There is a WIDE variety of quality of manufacture in bronze fittings!!! The Apollo branded stuff I ordered from West Marine is generally crap. Some of the ugliest casting and QC I have seen. The Graco fittings from Jamestown Distributors are FAR superior in construction and mass. FYI


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