Rather than run out in a panic to find a replacement I engaged in an inspection of the electrical environment, and whether the pump was receiving 12V of electrical power. This led me into a journey into the rabbit hole, as it were, which took up a lot of my time and energy but came out OK in the end.
|Pressure Pump at Left, Shower Drain Pump Above||d|
|Pressure pump and battery removed.|
On another front, I powered the pump directly from the starboard
battery and found it to be DOA, or "Deceased", as the police say, rather than "Dead as a Door Nail".
I do not like systems where there is no "give". In this case, there was no slack in the wiring servicing the pump. It took me hours to track down the wiring underneath the sole (flooring) to the point where I could release slack at the end of the run. This required the lifting of many sole boards.
Eventually, and mysteriously, I wound up reading over 14V at the connecting wires and after some testing I concluded that the pump, which I had installed in Adelaide in 2008 during the outbound leg of the circumnavigation had to be replaced. I went to Yacht Grot and purchased a replacement Jabsco model 319395-0092 water pressure pump, which appeared to be identical to the Jabsco that I was replacing. The pump puts out 2.9 gal/min (10.9 l/min) to 50 psi for what in this day an age regard as a modest $140.
|Starboard Battery Out of Way on Water Tank|
By the end of the day I had a bloody thumb and a working fresh water pump.
In doing the work I was pleasantly surprised at the effective way in which I had prepared both the port and starboard batteries for a possible rollover in the vicinity of Cape Horn. The starboard battery had two straps and one board holding it down and the port battery had two boards holding it down.
|Port Battery Firmly Strapped Down|