Water pressure

by Anthony
(Isleton, Ca. USA)

We just bought a 1978 Gibson 36' Houseboat. We're not sure why, but the water pressure in not lasting once we turn off the shore water from the birth. We know that we're filling up the tank (which we believe is 40 gallon). And we know we're not using that about when we turn on the faucet. Can anyone give us any suggestions?

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Fresh Water pump
by: Anonymous

The shore water has pressure just like your house would from the water towers and gravity, when you disconnect you loose this pressure. This is why houseboats have a fresh water pump that runs off the batteries, most of the time the switch to turn these on is at the drivers station of the boat or where there is a large control panel. CAUTION: Make sure that your valves are OPEN when you turn on the pump to allow water through. When winterizing or long term storage these valves will be turned off. You can find them all over the boat and it can be challenging to find them all. Our boat has 12 that you must turn on in the crawl space and there is a switch under our sink that fills the tank from the shore water.

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Water pump
by: Bob

Sounds like you need a new water pump. First, locate the current one (mine is under the back stateroom floor). Make sure it is getting electricity to it. You may have a fresh water switch on the dash. If it is getting power & not running, time for a new pump.
Take a photo with your phone of the present pump & you will probably find one on Amazon. I just replaced mine for the same reason.
DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT HOOKING YOUR WATER SYSTEM TO THE DOCK SUPPLIED WATER SOURCE. IT WILL SINK YOUR BOAT!!!!!!

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