Refit:  Winter 2008-2009

Winter 2008-2009 Refit | Saturday, November 1, 2008

I completed the sump pump installation today.  To begin, I secured the pump chamber to the newly-painted fiberglass platform, cut off the blank end of the proper size inlet nipple for the 3/4" hose I planned to use, then screwed the platform into position on its cleats in the bilge. 

Next, I ran the discharge hose to the pump, beginning at the lazarette, where the through hull fitting for the sump pump was located, and running the hose from there through the space beneath the cockpit and past the engine into the bilge, where I connected it to the sump pump.  I left the hose long at the other end for now, pending slight adjustments that might be required while tying the hose into position throughout its route.

Then, I ran a second length of hose between the sump and the galley sink location.  This time, I began in the bilge by the pump, and pushed the hose through the engine room, where I then redirected it through an opening in the galley cabinetry and up to the sink location. 

Killing two birds with one stone, I also taped a pair of wires to the hose as I pushed it through, to supply power to the pump from the existing switch that I had located near the sink when I installed the first sump pump some years back. Normally I avoid running wires through the bilge at all cost, but of course in this case there was no option:  the sump was located in the bilge, and the design of the bilge prohibits running wires through other lockers and then into the bilge, without having them exposed on the cabin sole.  Therefore, it made the most sense to just let the wires run right alongside--and secured to--the sink drain hose.

I made the final hose and wiring connections as required, and secured the wiring and hoses in the bilge and elsewhere, holding everything off to the sides and secured just beneath the cabin sole.  Finally, I cut the discharge hose to the proper length and secured it to its through hull fitting in the lazarette, after securing it as required along the way.


To complete the galley plumbing job, I resecured the two sink faucets in their original holes through the countertop, and then installed the new 9" deep sink in a bed of polysulfide caulk, as I'd done previously.  There was no reasonable access to the underside of the sink for any sort of mechanical fastening, so I weighted the sink down heavily to hold it in position while the sealant cured, which would take a week or so.  I secured the drain hose to the drain fitting, and the job was complete, other than cleanup of the cured sealant later on.


I dabbled at a couple smaller projects to wrap up the day's work:  cutting off the excess bolt length from the forward hatch fasteners, and cleaning up, priming, and painting (with spray cans) the metal brackets for the LPG regulator that I removed early in the process.

Total time today:  3.25 hours

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