Water supply

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Water supply

Post by JohnandBeth » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:20 pm

Has anyone ever connected the shore water directly to their boat without going through the water tank? Is this even possible? How nice it would be to shower and not have to fill the tank so often when staying in a marina for an extended period of time!
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Re: Water supply

Post by Tanah-Keeta » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:38 am

TK III (hull # 108) came with the water inlet installed. I have never used it because I was concerned that I could fill the boat with water if any connection failed. This has happened to friends of mine.
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Re: Water supply

Post by duetto » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:58 am

you can buy the t fitting. it would be spliced into fresh water supply upstream from pump. i think it may need a check valve if it isn't built into the t. how often do you have to fill the tank?

i also saw a boat sink across the dock from us when a pipe broke. if you go that way you must get in the habit of turning off water at the dock when you leave the boat.
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Re: Water supply

Post by Catrina » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:03 am

We use the water inlet that was installed and really enjoy the long showers. But the key component I added is a Melnor - Model 101 Water Flow timer. You set it for the number of gallons you want then it shuts off. We always set it for 100 gallons so if there is a leak we will not dump much more than our water tank would. We purchased ours at Home Depot. A number of meters measure time, you need one that measures Gallons.

As others have said, Do Not use the water inlet without some type of shutoff.
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Re: Water supply

Post by NavyA4 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:13 pm

Remember to turn your water pump off when using dock water. Also, consider getting a pressure reduction valve to put on the dock water hose before attaching the hose to the boat. Dock water pressure can overpower the low pressure pipe connectors on the boat's plumbing. Even with the precautions mentioned on this thread, there is still a risk of flooding when hooked up to dock water.
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Re: Water supply

Post by Ross Bowling » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:38 am

Long showers are OK, but with a 6 gal hot water heater, I think you might be looking at a Long Cold Shower. BTW the Fresh Water tank on Vita Bella is 80 gal. Per the manual.
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Re: Water supply

Post by Bargain Bill » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:04 pm

The minor inconvenience of filling our tank every 5 days does not compare to the risk of an always on unlimited water supply.
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