Bluewater Sailboat DIY Repairs on our Valiant 40: Water Tanks, Chain Locker,- Patrick Childress #32


Valiant 40 tour down below part three Last time when we left off I was just finishing up in
the galley and Rebecca was setting up the nav station so in a minute we’re
going to turn the camera around and let her show you everything that’s in the
nav station and I’m always so impressed because if I ever have any questions
because I get lost in some of these machines like the very powerful
Raymarine multifunction display it shows radar chart plotters two different types
of fish finders sonar it’s just so powerful that once in a while rather
than going to the help menu to figure my way through I just ask Rebecca she’s
got the answer right there and if we ever have any complications with any of
the tools she has all the skills to fix them very impressive lady I’m very lucky
to have her on board so she’s going to show you all that we have right now
we’ll turn the camera around Oh I’m Rebecca I’m the navigator on Brick
House and I installed a lot of this equipment so I’ll go ahead and give you
the tour first off we have our Raymarine es 128 chartplotter
it’s actually not a chart plotter it’s a multi-function display it shows the
chartplotter, it shows the radar and a whole bunch of things it’s so nice and big
that I can see it from the cockpit but we do have the wireless Raymarine
instruments in the cockpit that repeat it all. We have the standalone Vesper
marine AIS Watchmate mainly for redundancy and alarm functionality we have the
iridium GO satellite Wi-Fi hotspot and it’s charged down here that device down
there also charges our GPS Bad Elf Pro that goes by bluetooth to my iPad
and so I can get my email and I can get my weather, my Predictwind weather right
here as well or I could get it in bed! Up here , this is our old GPS which just
keeps ticking and ticking. This is our Lowrance depth finder/fish finder..it sees down to 4000 feet inside here is our Raymarine transponder with the silence button and
the alarm down here. This is our SSB radio and Pactor 3 modem that we hardly use
anymore because I have the iPad and the iridium GO
and this is our VHF and our electric panel, our Redport Halo long distance Wi-Fi antenna box, the Link 1000 Xantrex for monitoring electricity and I think that about covers it. SO I think that’s all – I hope I didnt forget anything.Again if you want a longer video about the details of our nav station in detail, please comment down below. Otherwise…see you later! Now that everything is out of the way we
have access to the portside water tank under the settee, the starboard side water
tank is set up the same way with an aluminum cover like this in the forward
section it’s held in place with 5/16 inch screws that are threaded into the
aluminum tank just below this cover plate they’re spaced three inches on
center. That gives us access if we ever need to get into that area which I did
only once and that’s when we refurbished the water tanks and that was I’ll show
you how we did that in just a second the aft inspection plate is actually
a clear plastic 3/8 inch thick cover so we can look inside the tank we
can see if there’s anything growing in there we can check the water level, but
this is what the water tanks looked like 12 years ago. Our aluminum water tanks
were so deteriorated we really needed to replace them but we could not get the
same size tanks through the companionway and I didn’t want to lose the water
storage capacity that we had so the best thing to do was to utilize these already
installed hatch accesses to the water tanks I went in and scraped away this
old fiberglass resin that had been previously applied to try to save these
tanks scrape chipped sanded did all the prep work in the worst of the divots and dings I applied Marine Tex to help fill up the voids and then apply a
high-grade two-part epoxy paint direct to metal what we used was made by the
Amercoat company and it was suggested by another cruiser. It turns out though it
wasn’t food grade epoxy but so far we still have our eyesight we have 20/20
vision we haven’t lost any teeth so I really don’t see any problems over the
long run but it has saved us a tremendous amount of money and time and
effort to paint the inside of our water tanks and after twelve years even though
we add chlorine to the tanks they’re still in great condition.
Now this is an important part right here for the galley table. This pin it just drops down from the top
and goes into a hole right here on the mast. That pin is vital. I was sitting
here one day in a bumpy seaway and a wave came and threw me that way very hard and this
table wound up in my lap on the other side of the boat and ripped out the
hinges and everything out of the wall over here so once I rebuilt it but it
all back together I put in this one pin and that holds the table securely. Now
we’ll go to the bathroom. Sometimes we call it a head but a head is really on
an old sailing ship and it’s way far forward and this is a modern cruising
sailboat so sometimes we call the bathroom sometimes we call it a head, The shower surround pulls around on this track and gives us a nice enclosure and
these tracks and replacement parts for these slides the only place that we’ve
been able to find is Sailrite the sewing machine people they sell sunbrella all
kinds of cloth very good supplier just about anything you need for fabric work
on a boat comes from Sailrite and what we’re gonna get into right now
is the marine toilet but sometimes we call the toilet the head so we are
multilingual. This Jabsco head is over seven years old and I believe we don’t
have quite the trouble with it that some people have with their Jabsco heads, is
because we keep a little bottle of cooking oil on hand and we lubricate
this shaft, this stainless steel shaft about once a week just a couple little
dabs of oil and put that in there and pump it up and down once a while we put
some oil inside of the toilet bowl and pump that through and that’ll lubricate
the rubber o-ring in the plunger that goes up and down in this area. If you’re
ever in the Panama Canal where some where there’s some extremely fine
sediment in the water or some estuary and you find that your
toilet is squeaking because of that sediment just put a little cooking oil
in the bowl flush it through and that’ll take care
of it for a while, but I’m going to take this pump apart and show you just what I
do on the inside to clean it up and make sure it stays working but I’ve already
turned off the water at the thruhull, I want to make sure that this lever is
over so no residual water will be backing up.
Now I took this head apart just last week and cleaned it up so it should be
in pretty good shape yeah it still is normally there’ll be a coating of
calcium on this part of the pump and it just takes just a little scraper you
know going back and forth roughing it up and then maybe a green scrubby to help
finish get the rest of the calcium buildup off. Now deep down inside here is
the o-ring that rides on this shaft I have this other old head here. this
head assembly deep down inside of here is the rubber seal that tends to leak
and that’s the one that I always try to keep lubricated and what happens with
these seals is that there’s a spring that goes around the inside perimeter
that squeezes the seal against the stainless steel shaft and that spring is
just made of common steel so it doesn’t last very long but I think still without
that spring we have a fair amount of success of keeping water from spilling
out of the shaft when we pump because we keep it so well lubricated especially
with silicone grease on that shaft when I put this back together I take
silicon grease that I keep in this little jar put it on the plunger oring
and I really lube up the shaft with it so it’ll help to make that seal work
even better I put a little bit on the cap oring and put it back together looking into the chain Locker you can
see that this is not the place to try to cram 300 feet of chain whether 5/16 or
3/8 it’s just too small of a space for too much chain and that’s just too much
weight high up and far too far forward so we cut a hole down here in the bottom
of the chain locker to insert a PVC pipe an angled hole was cut through the
top of the v-berth for the pipe to fit through properly and then the pipe was
also cut off flush inside of the anchor locker so we store 150 feet of chain in
the upper anchor locker and 150 feet of chain in the v-berth low and aft so the
chain is directed through the PVC pipe underneath the V berth but it doesn’t
just fall in there all by itself that would be way too convenient somebody has
to be down below underneath the V berth and be pulling the chain back in and
then it goes way to the back and there is a green line that attaches to the
very final link of the chain to this ring and that green line is long enough
to go all the way out to the front of the boat so an emergency we can cut that
line and be free of all the anchor chain and the anchor. All these ceilings were
made of masonite paneling which is nothing more than a compressed paper
that’s been heat treated and like any kind of a paper product once it gets wet
it really falls apart so all of these panels throughout the boat have been
replaced with PVC panels like this one. This is a small piece of the panel that
we use for the ceiling and they come in four by eight sheets that it’s 4 feet
wide and 8 feet long and 1/8 and 1/4 inch thicknesses this is PVC polyvinyl
chloride same stuff that water pipes are made out of. Very smooth shiny surface on
both sides. Its aerated in the center so it’s light it isnt solid
and but it is very flexible the only negative that I see about this is that
it is a bit on the soft side you can actually take your thumbnail and really
press in and cause an indentation so care must be taken when working with it
it does scratch easily but once it’s up then it’s really no problem it’s very
easy to clean with some Windex to clean off any mildew or maybe some dirt that
somehow got up there good stuff lasts forever water doesn’t bother it. Okay guys,
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