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Written by Carlos Alvarez   
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 16:05

The shower sump on a cruiser is probably the second-nastiest place, behind the sewage tank.  And sometimes it's close.  They often clog up with hair and soap scum, killing the pump or just making it stop running.  Either way it becomes time to take the box apart and dig in--hopefully with some heavy-duty gloves if available.  Another issue is that an infrequently-used shower can start to smell bad as the soap scum decays.  Here are some tips on preventing all these hassles...






Soap is an organic material that seems clean-smelling and it's supposed to CLEAN things, so you wouldn't ordinarily guess that it builds up heavily and can smell awful.  You should try to avoid using bar soaps in your boat, as the liquid soaps have much less propensity to harden and build up in the shower sump.  You can even just use shampoo as an overall soap, which is light and low-film.

Hair tends to clog up the filter and is disastrous for the pump if it gets that far.  To prevent this, try to avoid letting hair get into the drain.  You can put a piece of light mesh over the drain to help with this.  Lots of materials will work, such as window screen.  You should clean this regularly.

To keep smells from forming, flush out the shower sump with about a quart of water, then add a couple ounces of Pine Sol.  Run the pump for just a second or two to make sure it gets everywhere.  I would recommend doing this before you leave the boat for an extended time, and regularly if you don't use your shower frequently.

Of course, if you live in an area where you have to winterize, you'll need to follow the correct process for that when it comes time.


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