Can you see the big smile on my face ?
I have finished the plumbing, cruised to the water point and spent 3 hours filling up. Cosgrove is a very slow tap that does not have enough pressure to expand our expandable hose to even half the boat length. Still at this time of year there are not many boat’s wanting water so it wasn’t a problem.
Full tank of cold water, full tanks of hot water, washing done – no leaks – I am a happy man.
Yes I will admit, I also did some clothes washing – purely in the interest of testing the washing machine plumbing you understand. I have to maintain my male chauvinist image, it could not possibly be so that Cheryl didn’t come back to a full basket of dirty laundry. But I don’t want to set a precedent here ! ! !
Not only am I pleased that the plumbing is done and our boat is back to normal, but now that I have hot water – I shaved for the first time in a few days.
Has it been worthwhile – YES, YES , YES
- No more hot water from our cold water tap and drinking water tap.
- No more cold water pipes being hot when they should be cold.
- No more struggling to get to the drain points.
- No more water left in the pipes once they’ve been drained.
- No more wasted diesel heating cold water unnecessarily in the middle of the night.
- No more sagging unsupported pipework.
Ok it’s a bit soon to know for sure if I’ve fixed all the problems but so far so good and no leaks seen.
All I have done is follow the manufacturers installation manuals and used good plumbing practice. I find it staggering that people, both builder’s and customers are prepared to accept “it’s the way we’ve always done it” when clearly if Firecrest is anything to go by, it could be so much better, easier safer, more economical and durable.
I enjoyed my cruise to and from the water point, in the sunshine, watching the ducks, swans and canada geese – that’s what boating is all about. Not struggling to make sense of plumbing. But best of all, Cheryl will be back home tomorrow and I can’t wait.