Some simple checks on various water systems onboard are a great way to make sure your boat is in running order for the new boating season. Below are some quick walkthroughs to help keep your water systems in running order, including stuffing box adjustment, bilge pump cleaning and testing, potable water maintenance, seawater supply maintenance, and holding take emptying and flushing.
To verify proper automatic operation, listen for the one second burst that occurs every two and a half minutes. To manually check, press the manual bilge pump switch on the breaker panel. Although this will confirm the pump itself is functional, this does not confirm the automatic burst every two and a half minutes. After checking, be sure to leave this switch off.
We recommend Barnacle Buster to safely remove marine growth. Barnacle Buster is a safe, non-toxic and biodegradable marine growth remover. With minimal dismantling required, Barnacle Buster can be safely recirculated through seawater cooling systems, dissolving barnacles, zebra mussels, calcium, rust, lime and other mineral deposits. Vessel-wide applications can be completed within 4 hours, encompassing the following systems simultaneously:
We recommend flushing and cleaning the holding tank each time you empty it to avoid buildups and odors.
To monitor drip rate with the shaft spinning, have a captain pilot the boat, have a lookout on hand, or secure the boat to a dock. We recommend using two Rigid E110 offset hex wrenches.
If the proper drip rate cannot be achieved, the packing material in the stuffing box will need to be replaced.