The inspiration for this post came from the several comments about the above photograph of a manifold I built on Morgan’s Cloud pointing out that:
- The hose clamps holding the large cockpit drain hoses are too long.
- The curve in the hose feeding the manifold is kind of tight and that, together with several 90 degree fittings, will have at least some effect on flow rate.
- The hose at the bottom would be better routed behind the seacock, although actually it does not interfere with the handle.
- It would be better and more elegant if the whole manifold were built from bronze fittings (or maybe Marelon), rather than a mix of CPVC schedule 80, bronze, and Marelon.
And you know what? The commenters are absolutely dead right on every single point.
But…you knew there was going to be a but, didn’t you?