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Forward Cabin (Captain's Cabin)

The forward cabin is a private suite with en-suite head (bathroom) complete with toilet, basin and shower, separated by a solid door for privacy.

Adjustable curtains  and shades covering the adjustable skylight and portlights provide privacy in the sleeping area.

A large closet provides storage for both hanging and folded items.  Convenient shelves run along both sides of the bed.

The forward water tank is located under the forward part of the V-berth, and a large storage area occupies the other part (right).

This  tank is one of two fresh water tanks on the boat that provide the hot and cold water through the pressure system.  (The pump and selector valves are located under the basin in the aft head.)

The through-hull fittings for depth and speed are under cabin sole (floor) in the forward cabin, just aft of the v-berth.  A deadman plug for servicing the knotmeter is adjacent to the fittings. (left).

A heater control fan switch is located on the starboard side at the foot of the bed.  It may be set to low, high or off as desired.  (right).

Once the furnace is turned on at the nav station and has heated the liquid in the heating circuit to temperature, which takes a few minutes, the fan will run and provide heat when turned to "high" or "low". 

If this switch is "off", heat will not be supplied in this zone regardless of the furnace setting.  This zone switch controls the heat for the vee-berth and the en suite head.

PFDs are found in the hanging locker (closet)

A hook for keeping the cabin door open is located near the bottom of the cabin door (left)Unhook this latch before attempting to close door.  When underway, the doors should be latched or closed.

Forward Head (en suite)

This head is located in the forward suite, and can be a private head or shared with the entire crew during the day if the main door to the suite is hooked open. With large crews, sometimes one head is not enough, and the second head is handy if the aft head is blocked or the waste tank becomes full.

This head has a toilet and a basin, plus cabinets, and a shower drain for showering.  The portlight can be opened for ventilation.

Tip:   Remember to empty the waste tank at every opportunity and to limit the amount of use where shore facilities are convenient.  Be sure to monitor the waste tank level by opening the cabinet and tapping the tank periodically.  The waste tank for this head is separate from the aft head so that, in case of a toilet malfunction, at least one head is always in operating condition.

Warning: Use a minimum of toilet paper or the tank may  plug and not drain properly.

Warning: Do not continue to pump the head if pressure seems to have built up.  Continuing to pump after the tank is full will blow the cover off the tank and make a mess.

What you need to know The basin empties directly to sea through its own seacock as shown, but the toilet is pumped manually into the waste tank.

The waste tank can be pumped out by suction at a pumping station, or drained to sea where legal by opening the tanks's dedicated drain seacock.

The sea cocks for the shower sump drain, sink drain (the two upper sea cocks), head intake and head discharge (the two lower sea cocks) are located in the cabinet underneath the basin.

If a seacock handle is at right angles to its through-hull fitting, (parallel to the hull)the gate is closed.  If the handle is turned parallel to the through-hull,(away from the hull) then the gate is open. 

In the picture at right, the shower pump motor is partially visible at top and shower and head sink discharges (red handles) are immediately below.  In the picture, both these seacocks are open

At the bottom, are the head intake on the left  (red handle - smaller and normally open) and black water tank discharge (blue handle - larger and normally closed while near shore) at right.

The black water discharge valve should always be closed when in marinas and in anchorages, so that waste is held in the holding tank until pumped out or discharged at sea on an outgoing tide.  (Consult regulations).

See also Using a Marine Head and  Seacocks

Note: The plumbing for the forward and aft heads are entirely independent and if one head has problems, the other will be unaffected.

The mirrored panel above the head is an access panel to the holding tank. Simply open this panel to do a visual check of the holding tank.

Monitor the tank regularly by tapping on it and empty it at every opportunity if the head has been in use.  It should be empty when you first board the boat, but do check it. 

Warning: If the waste tank becomes full, hard pumping of the head can blow contents out of the vent which is located outside the hull -- or even blow the cover off the tank.  If the hand pump requires unusual effort, that is a hint that the tank is full.

The level in the holding tanks can be monitored by doing a visual check and tapping on the tanks. (Do not ever open the circular inspection hole)

The basin tap is used as a hand shower.  Shower water collects on the floor and must be pumped out by pressing a black rubber momentary switch on the basin cabinet. (left).  Push and hold the button switch until the drain gurgles and sucks air.  This takes a minute or two.

Showers can use a lot of water.
Be careful not to use all your fresh water.

Note: The shower sump switch on the 12V electrical panel at the nav station must also be turned on for the pump to function.  Turn it on before showering.

If the shower sump pump makes noise but the shower floor drain is not pumping out, check the inline filter shown at the centre left of the picture at right.  It can become blocked with lint and hair.  The filter cover simply unscrews by hand so that the wire mesh filter can be cleaned and reinstalled.

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