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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aloha Owners Map
« Last post by Bill Hutton on January 14, 2020, 10:23:02 PM »
Sorry Bruce...(everyone).


Let's try this link:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_BkEFtAFxtb8a7YbacrevPQe_nG1wx6E&usp=sharing


If this doesn't work try different hardware. It worked on my wife's  Android phone. OR send me an email with your email address....  I hate technology. ...
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Aloha Discussion / Re: A32 - macerator or gravity holding tank dumping?
« Last post by Jeff. on January 14, 2020, 08:25:07 PM »
Bill,

I too first thought of the side deck manual pump. A boat in my club used one in the Bahamas. Seemed to work fine for them.
I thought of using an electric pump in the same way but im guessing the priming height was to great for those pumps and that's why I didint try it.
Currently my tank, y-valve, pump and through hull are all below the waterline.
When you pump out, even at six knots, you can really smell it. I would guess a manual method would be.. less elegant.

I don't have a siphon break, I only open the seacock to pump out and then I close it right away.

Hope those helps your decision.
There really are no pump outs over there.

Fair winds
Jeff
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aloha Owners Map
« Last post by Bruce on January 14, 2020, 11:14:39 AM »
Sorry Bill, no go.  I close all except A32s and find no upside-down teardrop or any other way of adding a location.  Bruce
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aloha Owners Map
« Last post by Bill Hutton on January 13, 2020, 01:54:13 PM »
I'll try Bruce.
Once you have the map opened, zoom into your marina/dock
You should see something like the image I've attached.
Click on the Legend to open it if it isn't already.
Deselect all boat types except yours and then click anywhere on the map to get back to it.
Click on the upside-down teardrop and add your boat by clicking on your location. Add your boat name, your name etc. And click save.
Remember to reselect all boat types again in the Legend.


If you don't see what I have in my screenshot you don't have edit permission for some reason. PM me and I'll help out
Here's the link again:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1_BkEFtAFxtb8a7YbacrevPQe_nG1wx6E&usp=sharing

Best of luck, Bill
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aloha Owners Map
« Last post by Bruce on January 10, 2020, 10:48:03 AM »
Hi Bill.   I see that I am no longer on the list and I am having troubled finding how to add my boat back.  Could you give a little primer on how to add a new boat to the map?   Bruce  (Okaga)
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Aloha Discussion / Re: A32 - macerator or gravity holding tank dumping?
« Last post by Holdech on January 09, 2020, 06:20:07 PM »
Hey Bill.

Thought I'd mention the setup on my friends Beneteau 37 that we sailed from Bermuda to St Martin last fall.
The macerator (Jabsco) was initially located about a foot above the holding tank. If the tank was completely full, it would prime in about 20 seconds.
If the tank was half full it would run until the impellor heated up which slowed the motor and tripped it's thermal switch. A week of this killed the macerator.
Thinking it was a defective macerator we repaced it but it died the same death.
Lowering the macerator to tank top level solved the problem. So I guess it would reliably pull "stuff" from about 15 inches below it. Two feet? nope.

We also had to rewire the macerator with proper gauge wire for the current it drew. The installer used one-way distance instead of the total trip in his calculations and undersized the wire.

In November we sailed a 47 foot cat from Panama to Puerto Rico. It had a gravity dump arrangement that seemed to work well, hence my initial question. He didn't allow toilet paper to be flushed which to me (us) is pretty gross.

Hope this helps,

Chris

PS - if you ever need crew....
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Aloha Discussion / Re: A32 - macerator or gravity holding tank dumping?
« Last post by Bill Hutton on January 09, 2020, 01:09:15 PM »
Hey Jeff,


I'm interested in the position of your Y-valve with respect to the height above the waterline and whether there is a vented loop (I could picture a siphon starting if the tank is below the waterline like mine).


What I'd like to ask is how strong is the motor on a macerator? How high can it pump above the level of the tank?


When in Bahamas a friend of mine used a big manual bilge pump attached to a 2x4. The pump had a long hose that he dropped into the water and a short hose that he attached to the waste deck fitting.  In a harbour he'd fill up his holding tank, and then when offshore he'd bring his pump on deck and then empty the tank.  In a pinch, do you think a macerator would be able to replace the bilge pump on the deck with a long hose?.


As you can guess my boat is in the water and we hope to head to the Bahamas in a few weeks..... I'll create a proper thru-hull next fall, but I'm looking for a cheap and cheerful solution for the next couple of months.


Regards, Bill
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Aloha Discussion / Re: Aloha Owners Map
« Last post by Bill Hutton on January 09, 2020, 12:35:54 PM »
Sorry Julie, I've just seen this entry now.


I'm not a big fan of this Google Map application, but it was free.  There is also a free downloadable app at the Android Playstore called 'My Maps' which you could try.... but I don't know how my link is pasted in...


If you have tried using My Maps or an old Windows laptop to edit the map and can't get it to work let me know and I'll add you to it.


IN FACT if anyone is having issues, private message me with your email and I'll add you to the map.
[Dennis Clarke has just done that as he's sold his boat.  :( [size=78%] I guess we won't see him here anymore as I think he's deleted his ID][/size]


For the map I would need:
-your name(s)
-boat name
-boat length
-location including marina/mooring/club
-hull # if you've got it
-some people list their email addresses, while I've listed my Instagram name (whatever you like or nothing)


Regards, Bill H (and happy new year)







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Aloha Discussion / Re: A32 - macerator or gravity holding tank dumping?
« Last post by Holdech on January 09, 2020, 11:06:26 AM »
Ours came with a rotted out holding tank "free of charge" lol. The entire bottom and pipe was paper-thin and riddled with holes.

We replaced it with a 30-gallon rectangular plastic tank (see pic).

I think "catastrophic" would be an understatement for a holding tank failure.

Chris
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Aloha Discussion / Re: A32 - macerator or gravity holding tank dumping?
« Last post by Bruce on January 09, 2020, 10:47:04 AM »
Speaking from personal experience,  if you still have the original aluminum holding tank , check for soft or corroded pipe in the outflow line to which the hose attaches. I developed leaking there while on cruise in the North Channel and after a quick return south to my marina, we found that entire pipe area to be disintegrating.  This would be catastrophic while off shore as you plan.   Bruce
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