“What?”, she said … “Is it salty?”, I repeated. “The bathroom is full of water.”, she repeated. “I know, Is it salty?”, “Huh”, “Taste the water … Is it Salty?” … to which the reply from Michelle was “You do it.”
This was how our conversation started the other morning … not my favorite way of waking up. You see there is nothing worse, in my opinion then finding water in your boat, this can, I’ve been told lead to something altogether unpleasant. The first thing I do when I find water in the boat, that isn’t really supposed to be there is taste it … if it is salty, then we worry … otherwise, it is likely a spill … worst case we carry 200 gallons of fresh water … so that isn’t enough to sink us … but salty water, now that is an altogether different thing.
So, I climb out of bed, put my finger in the 3”+ of water and put it to my mouth … my guess was that it was going to be fresh water … to my surprise, it wasn’t … hmmm … sink and toilet are freshwater, yet the entire shower pan was full of water … I look up to find the window closed … not that it made any sense to even check that, as I couldn’t explain how salt water would enter just the bathroom from the window overhead.
Great … a mystery bunch of sea water in the boat, early in the morning, and me yet not having any coffee … I turn on the shower sump and it all starts to drain … a couple of minutes later the bathroom is dry once again. Our bathroom floors are beneath the water line, so to get any water out of it, we have pumps to pull it up and overboard. I look in the bilge areas under the bathroom … a little water … I taste it … fresh! Hmmm …
I go to wash my hands in the bathroom sink and gargle some water to get the “bilge taste” (who knows what was in that water) out of my mouth … and I notice that the sink is draining very slowly. Great … another project, but it’ll have to wait … the mystery sea water takes precedence.
Since we were not sinking, I headed to the galley to make some coffee and wake up “normally”. After my second cup and watching the sunrise it dawned (get it <g>) on me that the air conditioner uses sea water to cool itself and that the sea water hoses are routed by the bathroom … that’s starting to form a plausible explanation (at least in my mind) … yet the AC was running, and water wasn’t returning to the bathroom … intermittent water leak? Hmmm … unlikely … I head back below and remember that I do not hear the gurgling in the sink drain that is usually there. You see when they installed the air conditioner in the back bedrooms they plumbed the sea water discharge into the sink drains … when the AC is running (using sea water to cool itself – sucking in water and pushing it back out) the return water gets routed into the sink drain and you can hear gurgling in the drain … wait … ahh … that’s it!
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The sink is draining slowly, like it is partially clogged, the AC drains into the sink lines … so if the drain is clogged, the water could back up, come into the sink, overflow and start filling the bathroom … yep, that would explain what we found. So at 9AM, I get my trusty screwdriver and dive into the water to poke, yet again at another hole in the bottom of the boat … this, unlike what my kids call it … is not snorkeling.
After some hair and gunk (technical term) comes out… I claim victory and climb out of the water. Now I’m salty, but the bathroom isn’t. Put on the list of projects to put an actual thru hull (whole in the side of the boat) and reroute the discharge of the AC … so this problem won’t happen again.
That day, I awoke to become a plumber and a diver. Who knows what adventures await us next.
Discovery is at anchor in Phillipsburg today, kids wanted to do some souvenir shopping … while they are out, I get to decide what to be … I think today … I’ll be an electrician.