TANKAGE AND PLUMBING
WATER AND FUEL TANKS There is an 80-gallon water tank under the deck in the main salon. It is on the starboard side, and under the settee. An 80-gallon diesel fuel tank is aft of this water tank. There is duplicate set of these tanks, under the deck in the main salon, on the port side, under the refrigerator/freezer and navigation station areas. The total water storage and fuel storage capacities are 160 gallons each. The water and fuel tanks are integral to the hull, and are of fiberglass construction. There is an on-deck fill for each water and fuel tank, and each has an on-deck vent. There are 1.5" access ports on the top of each tank. These ports are accessible through 4" dorade deck plates in the main cabin deck.
EXTRA WATER & FUEL In April of 2004, four 5-gallon potable water Jerry Jugs and four 5-gallon diesel Jerry Jugs were added on deck, four to port and four to starboard of the main mast. These are secured to custom racks that are attached to the life-rail stanchions. There are two water and two diesel jugs on each side of DREAM AWAY. In 2010, I made new covers for the Jerry Jugs, to keep the harmful UV sun rays off them.
RAW WATER MANIFOLD The raw water manifold is under the deck in the main salon, on the center line. The manifold is similar to a sea chest (which is a hole in the bottom of a boat into which hoses are plugged), but is on a smaller scale. It has a 1.5" input for raw water. The raw water comes in through a sea cock, passes through a Groco strainer, and then flows through the manifold. The manifold outputs water to the refrigerator/freezer cooling pump, the forward air conditioner/water maker lift pump, the aft air conditioner cooling pump, the ice maker cooling pump, the on-deck wash-down pump, and, the raw water sink faucet in the galley. The condensate from the aft air conditioner runs into the sump used by the head sink and shower. The condensate from the forward air conditioner runs into its own sump, located under the navigation station, and is then pumped overboard.
HOT WATER HEATER The fresh water hot water heater is under the deck in the main salon. It can be heated by the 110 VAC or from a heat exchanger using the main engine cooling system. The hot water heater has a six gallon capacity.
FRESH WATER The fresh water on board DREAM AWAY is distributed through potable water hoses. These hoses replaced the boat's original copper tubing, which kept leaking. The fresh water is provided from two sources. At a dock, water can come on board through a fitting on the bow of the boat. Away from the dock, fresh water, made with the on board water maker , is pumped from the fresh water tanks via a SHURflo marine automatic demand pump. All fresh water is filtered through a SHURflo water filter with a bacteria carbon filter. In the head, hot and cold pressure fresh water is available through a Scandvik Shower/Mixer Faucet. There is also a freshwater Whale Gusher Galley foot pump in the head. The boat shower is in the head. Gray water from the head sink and shower is run into a sump, and then pumped overboard. In the galley, hot and cold pressure fresh water is available through an RV mixer faucet. There are both a freshwater Whale Gusher Galley foot pump and a sea water Whale Gusher Galley foot pump in the galley, below the sink. Gray water from the galley runs directly overboard.
TOILET There is a Lavac vacuum marine toilet in the head. This unit is flushed, with a SeaLand electric waste pump, directly into a 48-gallon stainless steel holding tank that has no input "Y" valve. This tank is located in the garage, under the work bench storage area. There is "Y" valve, located on the output of the holding tank, that goes to either the on-deck discharge or the overboard discharge. Where possible, all of the plumbing uses schedule 40 PVC pipe. There is a Henderson manual waste pump for overboard discharge. In March of 2004, a TankWatch holding tank alarm system was installed. At that time, the Lavac toilet, the SeaLand electric waste pump, and the Henderson pump were rebuilt, and all the hoses and pipes were replaced. There is also a Port-a-Pottie on board, for emergencies.
FUEL SYSTEM The fuel system on DREAM AWAY is comprised of fuel tanks, filters, and delivery and return systems. The fuel lines to and from the main engine, and those for the generator engine, were replaced with USCG approved SAE J1527 Type A1-15 fuel lines, in 2004. All the valves were also replaced at this time. During this upgrade, a standpipe and a new fuel switch system were installed.
Fuel flows from either of the fuel tanks, through an on/off valve, into a standpipe. This standpipe is a piece of 1.5" schedule 40 brass pipe, sealed at both ends. A valve in which to drain accumulated crud is located at the bottom of the pipe. There is a valve at the top of the pipe that allows air or fuel to be pumped into it. One side of the pipe has fittings that can allow fuel from three tanks to enter the standpipe. I did this in case I add a third fuel tank to DREAM AWAY. There are two fittings on the opposite side of the pipe that allow fuel to exit to the main engine and to the generator. I have been amazed at how much crud is caught by this standpipe system, even before the fuel goes to the first filter. The fuel goes from the standpipe, through a Racor Turbine fuel filter, to each engine.
When the fuel leaves the Racor Turbine fuel filter, it goes into a switchable valve system. This system is all manual valves. Under normal running conditions, the fuel goes through one valve, then onto its respective engine. The valve system is set up to allow switching the output of each Racor Turbine fuel filter to either engine. In other words, if the main engine Racor Turbine fuel filter clogs up, I can switch to the fuel filter for the generator Racor Turbine to service the main engine, and keep the main engine running. With the switch system, and its integral electric fuel pump, I can pump fuel out of one tank, through the Racor Turbine fuel filter, into the second tank or to exterior barrels. This allows me to polish my own fuel.
Once fuel goes to each engine, any excess fuel is sent back to the starboard fuel tank. I discovered, the hard way, that there is no return line to the port tank. If both fuel tanks are full, and you run off of the port fuel tank, the return fuel goes into the starboard tank, over filling it, and the fuel tank overflows overboard through the tank vent. Not a pretty sight.