Fresh Water System
S/Y EFAKI is a Mirage 28 built in 1977 by Thames Marine (UK) 

S/Y EFAKI is a member of the SNAPDRAGON & MIRAGE ASSOCIATION

S/Y EFAKI is a member of the Piraeus Sailing Club (I.O.P.)

 

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April 2nd 2003:

The fresh Water System in Efaki is rather simple. When I bought the boat it consisted of two rigid fiberglass tanks with approximate capacity 120lt and a hand pump in the galley and another one in the heads (toilet). What I did in the first commissioning was remove the hand pumps and install an electric water pump (Par) with a pressure sensitive switch. This pump failed three years ago and was replaced by another make (Surflo).

 

In the major refit of the boat (during 2003) the tanks were removed to be cleaned and all water pipes to be renewed. There exists a thought of installing an accumulator tank to help preserve the pressure on the system by minimizing the time that the pump works thus saving electricity and having more quietness.

The bilges were thoroughly cleaned and painted. The water pipes were changed with new ones and also a new line for an external shower on the stern will be installed.

 

This is a rough diagram of the fresh water system:

The fresh water system is completed. This job took me more than I thought since I also installed a foot pump in the galley for use as a back up in case the electric pressure pump fails. This pump has it's own water lines (hoses) run from the tanks and a new independent tap in the galley sink. It's going to be used not only for back up finally.

This page was last updated on May 6th 2003.

 


Update: Summer 2006

Following leaks from the rigid fresh water tanks of Efaki I took the decision to replace them with flexible water tanks in June 2006. A pair of two tanks of 75 litters each was purchased from Lalizas and the installation was straight forward providing more capacity than before. Given the opportunity I renewed the hoses but nothing else have changed in the system. I'm thinking for a future installation of a calorifier since the engine that is fresh water cooled provides the opportunity in order to have hot water for showers that now are taken care by two plastic water bags that warm with solar power as those that are frequently seen in campings.