Why is the water pump running?
12 July 2012 | Tied to a mooring buoy at Bora Bora, French Polynesia
We heard the water pump cycle once last night with no explanation for why. This has happened before and it is always a "wake up" moment. But we couldn't find an explanation. We should have looked under the quarterberth. This morning the hot water heating element ejected itself from the tank. Our water pump started pumping a lot of water and Karen wondered why she couldn't get any hot water? We turned off the water pump, dug under the quarterberth, and shut off the water to the hot water tank. Then we recovered the water pump so the rest of the boat can continue working, just without hot water. That is not a big problem here, but it will become one in New Zealand. I hay have to have an element shipped in.
This is another boat lesson. The hot water tank is stainless steel, but the heating element is galvanized steel and it rusts away. When it finally fails, it fails all at once, taking all your fresh water with it. We were aboard so we stemmed that problem, and we have the good fortune to have a working watermaker now and to be in a spot where we can make water. Boat Lesson: Replace the heating element every three years whether it needs it or not. Also, carry a spare. We are in French Polynesia where the power is 230V 60Hz. They won't have 110 volt heating elements.
Today the wind is blowing to about 26 knots. We'll go to the Bora Bora Pearl Beach resort and swim in the pool and eat lunch. Tonight we are going to the drumming and dance festival in town. Maybe tomorrow I'll remove the bolts that hold the remnants of the heating element into the hot water heater, put the quarterberth back together, and get on line to search for a replacement.
Oh, yes. I think we will make some more water, too. Boat work, it never ends.
The picture is of the dance and drum festival at Bora Bora.