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henryk posted 10-29-2006 07:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for henryk   Send Email to henryk  
I am winterizing my BW. I want to drain the fresh water tank. It appears that the only way to do it is to run the faucet until the tank empties.......this takes time, since the tank is 60 gallons. Is there an easier way? I can see the tank, but access to the bottom of it, for drainage, seems to be impossible.

Thanks.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 10-29-2006 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
On my 255 I open the faucet and use the fresh water shower, that does it in a few moments, than add about 3 gallons of
-60 RV/Boat antifreeze and run till it's blu/red comes out.
henryk posted 10-29-2006 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for henryk  Send Email to henryk     
Well, I guess there is no easy way. I wish there was a guage telling the amount in the tank. I also ran the faucet and added a few gallons of RV anti-freeze........then ran the faucets again till I saw "pink".
handn posted 10-30-2006 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
There is an easy way. Disconect inboard water line from the fresh water pump. Since the tank is higher than the pump all the water will drain in the bilge. The pump is awkward to hook back up without crossthreading the connection.
henryk posted 10-30-2006 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for henryk  Send Email to henryk     
My water line connection to the pump is plastic, with some "white" sealer compound evident. I am afraid of messing with it.........probably will break the connector, trying to get it unscrewed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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handn posted 10-31-2006 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
There is white goo around the connections but it doesn't prevent the connecton from unscrewing easily.
There is a screen on the intake side of the water pump. Mine was almost totally blocked with white goo and other debris from the tanks and lines.
My water flow got to be minimal so that is why I took the system apart to clean out the screen. No leaks when I put everything back together without the white goo.
henryk posted 10-31-2006 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for henryk  Send Email to henryk     
Thanks handn. I will clean out the screen.

When the hose is disconnected, and the water enters the bilge, is it the aft bilge pump that must now pump the water out, or is there a drain?

handn posted 11-01-2006 08:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
If the boat is out of the water, there is a drain at the bottom of the stern. If the boat is in the water, the aft bilge pump will pump it out.

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