Today, the day after Christmas and all through the boat, not a faucet had clean water, not even the showers. On our Christmas Eve rock and roll, the sediment in the bottom of the water tanks got stirred up, clogging our filter and sending us brown water. By today, it was mostly just a light yellow. When we brought the boat north from Florida we encountered this in all that rock and rolling in the bad weather. However, we though all that activity had cleaned the tanks. Why do we have dirty water? After 20 years, each time the tank is filled, is the water completely clean that fills the tank? Although the tanks are stainless, there is a tad of rusting to be seen at welds. Probably a combo of these two things.
They needed cleaning. We (mostly Jim) is getting more comfortable digging into these projects. Take a long shower to further empty the tanks. Then, run all the faucets to finish draining the tanks. Each tank holds 200 gallons of water, half full, so, dump 200 gallons over the edge.
Swish out those tanks with a long handled brush, and more water while running the faucets. Finally the tanks are clean, no more dirty water or film on the bottom and we are refilling with fresh clean water.
And what did Jim find in the port tank when he was swishing around?
This “original equipment” marker. Right there in the bottom of the port tank! We decided to de-install the this piece of equipment.