Water Tank Roulette
Captain wifey and I like to play a little game aboard our sailboat. It involves the water tank. Maybe you play it too!
As full-time liveaboards, we use freshwater on our boat to do dishes and take occasional showers. Our tank sits under the forward bed, with hoses running back to the galley, head, & cockpit outdoor faucet. At the dock, our 50 gallon water tank lasts us about a week. We're lucky to have water pressure (no foot pumps). The pressure system makes a predictable Chewbacca-like purr every 5 seconds or so when we're running the water.
If you're using the faucet aboard when the water runs out, the water pressure purr gets a little louder and doesn't stop. With no water left in the tank, it is trying to pressurize water that isn't there. A quick flip of the breaker shuts it down and it's time to go outside and fill the tank.
Rewind about a day and this is when water tank roulette begins! It's just the two of us aboard Kingsley (2 1/2 if you count the cat), and neither of us are that fond of filling the water tank back up (especially in the cold, dark, windy, dead of a Northwest winter).
As the tank indicator displays a low water level, the game begins. With every turn of the faucet, every dish rinsed in the galley, every toothbrush rinse before bed, there's a risk. If the water runs out while you're using the faucet, you lose & have to go out and fill the tank! It's husband vs. Captain Wifey in this risky game of water tank roulette!!!
~Paul & Amber ETC
6/16/2013 02:20:08 pm
You could plug a hose into your water system so you don't have to refill your tanks all the time.
Paul S Schernitzki
6/16/2013 02:31:53 pm
Then I'd have nothing to write about!
6/16/2013 02:32:26 pm
Here's a link to a discussion on parts needed. Very handy. While I don't live aboard, I do occasionally use ours at dock so I can take extra long showers :)
2/3/2022 08:05:55 pm
If the water runs out while you're using the faucet, you're out of luck and must return to the tank to refill it! If you are unable to complete the task, seek professional assistance.
7/22/2022 12:19:14 am
I know someone from Omaha too? :)
2/25/2023 07:23:55 pm
This may sound obvious, yet many individuals who buy water storage tanks don't obtain the right one. When purchasing a tank, make sure it is food-grade to keep your supply secure for use in human consumption. A polyethylene or stainless steel water tank is said to be "food-grade" if the materials used to make it are non-toxic. For instance, check to see if the pipes and fittings are lead-free. According to the standardized water rules, your water is unsafe for drinking, cooking, and brushing teeth if it has a lead concentration of more than 10 micrograms per liter.
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