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    Plates and Hoses on Top of Black Water Tank - 63 Motoryacht

    New to us 1986 63 Motoryacht. I have owned a Hatteras before, so fairly familiar with how systems in 80's were installed. Black water
    tank has two plates.

    1. On the left, in the picture, is a square plate secured with 12 machine screws. A rubber gasket about
    1/4" thick protrudes around edges. 3 of the screws just spin and are likely corroded away. I am going
    to pull and reseat. Are these machine screws threaded in to the fiberglas or a metal collar? This plate
    has 2 GROCO labels and several wires that have been cut. Is this a liquid level sending unit?

    2. On the right, in the picture, is a fiberglas plate that appears to have been poorly attached/repaired by a
    PO. I plan to remove and re-glass. Both of these access plates are leaking air (small amount of bubble
    and liquid), as if the tank is pressurized. I have cleared the vent line with freshwater and pressurized
    air. Perhaps the tank is full(I am not able to verify, until next weekend, that the overboard pump is
    actually removing fluid)?

    3. Heads were replaced with Vacu-flush and each head (4) has its own hose attached to the black
    water tank. So, I should have 4 inflow hoses, 1 vent hose and 1 pumpout hose. The pumpout hose
    runs to a Y-valve that either can go to pumpout deck plate or a macerator pump leading to a below
    water though-hull. This all male sense, but there are 7 hoses attached to the top of the black water tank,
    not 6, as counted in prior sentence. The 7th is a direct hose upward toward the pumpout deck plate.
    However, there is only 1 pumpout deck plate, so I can only guess that this is an old hose, prior to
    the installation of the y-valve-macerator pump assembly. I cannot, at tis time, move to a pumpout station to
    see which hose will evacauate fluid through the deck plate. Thoughts?

    John McCarley
    Water Colors
    Wrightsville Beach NC
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    Re: Plates and Hoses on Top of Black Water Tank - 63 Motoryacht

    Right side looks like OEM plate that was glassed in. The left side looks like something that was added.
    Sky Cheney
    1985 53EDMY, Hull #CN759, "Rebecca"
    ELYC on White Lake--Montague, MI

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    Re: Plates and Hoses on Top of Black Water Tank - 63 Motoryacht

    There will be a metal plate attached to the inside of the tank, usually with fiberglass. We have had to replace the gasketing on everyone of our plates. We had the same broken bolt issue multiple time, a few had to be drilled out and the tapped to the next size up. Also, we used stainless hex head bolts to put everything back together. .
    1966 HAT50C101
    Purchased 1985 12v71Ns
    Repowered 1989 with 8v92TI
    Repowered 2001 with 3406E

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    Re: Plates and Hoses on Top of Black Water Tank - 63 Motoryacht

    Looks like you're in good shape if you need to replace the dip tube, at least. Here's another option if the tank plate doesn't make it.


    Fabricator wanted over $500 to make two from stainless. I made these myself for under $30 for both. Stainless it ain't, but I will gladly offer a double your money back lifetime warranty on these.
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    Semper Siesta
    Robert Clarkson
    ASLAN, 1983 55C #343
    Charleston, SC

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