s/v Morning Star #35
s/v Morning Star
1) Could someone send me or post some pictures of the standard Sea Era setup? The reason I ask is that the two heads are in dimension almost identical but the Sea Era can have the motor behind or right or left by turning the bowl thru 90 degrees. The original Newport sat on the pedestal (which I'm sure is on all boats) such that when facing the head from the door the motor is on the RHS and the bowl closer the shower than the forward berth bulkhead. Is the Sea Era similar? It also has some options of which side of the base the bowl supply output from the motor comes from, so a picture or two would help.
2) Does the Sea Era sit on a foam/wood sandwich as the Newport did to dampen noise?
3) The push button looks fairly sturdy so did the factory mount it on a vertical surface or through the pedestal to be a foot switch as standard?
4) I'm planning on changing the hoses at the same time, any advice?
Perfect Match II
League City, TX
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C350 # 351
Lake Lanier, GA
I have a See Era on my boat (2005), and the pump/motor unit is attached behind the bowl, not sideways. So, it is mostly hidden. The bowl is bolted onto the fiber glass pedestal. There is nothing sandwiched in-between. The switch is on the upper-right corner of the cabinet with the sink. There are four hoses.. simply because they have installed a siphon. A hose coming off the sea water strainer to the pump, then on the other side of the pump, there is a hose that goes up to the siphon, then the return hose from the siphon to the bowl, and finally the sanitation hose. There are all one inch ID. They all go through a cut into the cabinet behind the toilet where the holding tank is.
I just replaced the sanitation hose. West Marine sells it for around 13 dollars/foot, which is cheaper than Raritan, but hopefully the same quality. It is indeed easy to install it with the help of some vaseline! However, getting the old hose out of the top of the holding tank is a different story, and requires patience and lots of love for the boat !!!! I was not able to get the heat gun up on top of the holding tank, due to lack of space. Finally, I split open the hose where it is attached to the barbed pipe going into the holding tank with a sharp knife... but it was a slow process. Maybe there is a better way. I dont know if a small-sized heat gun will fit up there.
You should also read the other comments re, not flushing well solids. It is a problem that hopefully goes away when you clean/replace the joker valve.
Email me if you need photos (email@example.com). I plan to go to the boat mid-week and will be happy to send some to your email account.
The sea era fits fine as is. Get rid of the silly pedestal / spacer from the previous head. I just ran 1" waste hose all the way up to the tank. New head works great and is way quieter than the wilcox crittenden that it replaced.
Pics attached. You can see the separate sea water pump near the overboard discharge valve in the second pic.
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