Boat Water System Breakdown


Photo above:  Western Flyer’s water tank.  This is one of two water tanks on board.  This one fits under the main cabin bed.  I am turning this one tank into two that will also provide more water capacity.  This nearly thirty year old fiberglass water tank has a leaky fitting.  Out with the old and in with the new – a new fiberglass tank is in the works as of March 18, 2016.


Photo above:  These guys build pangas.  They are now going to build me a fiberglass water tank.  Stay tuned for future pictures of the work in progress and completed tank.

After nearly three years of what could be called, live aboard useage, our boats freshwater pump (Shurflo 2088-414 4.5 gph pump) finally gave it up and quit pumping.  The motor still makes a sound like it works but, the diaphragm part inside is now so worn out, that it won’t pump water.  Major indicator is a steady whine of the pump and no water coming out of the spicket.

Note.  The water pump is a vital part of the boats (house) machinery as it is the only way for water to flow from the boats water tanks out for us to use.  Unfortunately for us (since we are now cruising in La Paz) in my defense, I could only say that I failed to purchase a spare pump or repair kit – approximately three year ago when I replaced the water pump!)

Not to worry for around boats there is always what I refer to as the “work around”.

“A work around”

If you don’t yet know what a “work around” is then below is a link to an earlier story on a work around on the Western Flyer.

The workaround – A workaround is a bypass of a recognized problem; but workarounds are frequently as creative as true solutions, involving outside the box thinking in their creation.

Pictures below:  Water tank replacement options

Woopee!  Not only does the water pump give it up but, our second water tank (this one is under our bed) sprouts a leak around the fitting connection!  Not to worry!  I’m already all over it.  Our Mexican water tank guy expert says its best to build from scratch two fiberglass tanks to replace the one large fiberglass original tank.  As you can see from the above pictures, I am still checking my options.

Replacing a water pump is easy at the dock, my work around is also easier at the dock; that is of course unless one has an extremely long water hose.  The reason I say this is because our boat has a connection that when plugged to a shore hose automatically provides us with an endless water supply.  No need to use the boats internal water tanks at this point.

A quick look on the internet and I find that my old water pump model has since been replaced with a newer model.  Still not a problem.  Visit amazon or eBay and you can always find replacement parts for most anything.  My 4.5 gph freshwater pump is no longer made; the newer models start at I believe, 3 gph then progress up to 5 gph.

First, walk down to your dock and find the hose. Bring the hose back to your water bib intake. Connect. Done!

What – your boat doesn’t have one of these? For the sake of this story; this is not one area that I will now be addressing but, if you didn’t know that this existed – now you do.