Water distribution manifold

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Fletch, Dec 5, 2018 at 5:06 PM.

  1. Fletch

    Fletch New Member

    13
    Oct 22, 2017
    1997 Crownline 225
    5.7
    Anyone have experience with this option? I was told it used for easy winterization? Any info would be helpful.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Sublimetime

    Sublimetime Active Member

    523
    Oct 22, 2007
    clifton nj
    420 da
    454
    That's one heck of a water manifold for a crownline 225
     
  3. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    Definitely fits into a category of its own.....way too many things to go wrong with that.
     
  4. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    Somebody`s always trying to reinvent the wheel when simple plug removal is all thats needed
     
  5. Fletch

    Fletch New Member

    13
    Oct 22, 2017
    1997 Crownline 225
    5.7
    Sorry, I wasn't to clear on this post. Im in the process of upgrading my Crownline 225 to a 320DA,I came across this listing, which has this option of a water distribution manifold.
    It supposedly consolidates the water system to one manifold with on/off valves to make the winterization a simpler process?
     
  6. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I does not necessarily make winterizing easier. It is just a bunch of valves. To winterize you will need to make sure all ports are still open from the summer and then remove the water from the lines.

    It's probably best to drain you holding tank first, then drain and bypass the hot water heater and then blow out the lines with compressed air. Then if you want a little extra protection run some Pink A/F through the lines by pouring some in the holding tank and using the fresh water pump to provide pressure. Open each faucet on cold then hot until you see pink.

    -Kevin
     
  7. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    They are used in homes all the time in my region. Not sure the advantage on a boat.

    MM
     
  8. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Sea Ray (and some other manufacturer's) have been using this setup for a while, now. It has it's plusses and minuses, but it eliminates many of the slip-on connectors and provides for "home runs" directly to each outlet.

    As mentioned, it's just a distribution point. You mentioned you were "told" it makes winterization easier... what specifically did they say? How does it make it easier?
     
  9. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    While I understand the installation reason for having the manifold....I disagree that it helps winterization. Manifolds secure all the connections at a common point speeding installation and it provides more stable water pressure across the fixtures.

    When it comes winterizing....I still think the best way is to bypass and drain the water heater. Disconnect the tank feed to the water pump and let it drain the water tank. Hook up a bucket with 2-3 gallons of pink stuff to the intake of the pump and run all the fixtures. Maybe 30 minutes max. You can use air but it just adds more time to the job since running pink stuff through the fixtures takes care of the drains, sump(s) and holding tank at the same time.
     
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  10. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Personally I always felt is was better since you were less likely to wind up with a possibly diluted AF in the line from the fresh water. Guess it's just a matter of preference.

    -Kevin
     
  11. yv1

    yv1 Member

    59
    Jul 11, 2016
    Wilmington NC
    340SD, 2003-2008
    8.1s
    The manifold is located at the bottom of your system. At the lowest point. It has a cap at the end of the manifold. Just remove the cap and all the water should come out by itself. Drain the water heater and you should be good for the winter. That is the theory.
    But I rather empty the tank, blow the lines with air. Then I put about 2 gallon of antifreeze in the tank and run the pump with antifreeze. For me the head is the weakest point. You want to keep the bowl seal wet during the winter.
     
  12. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    Thanks for the input about the bowl seal.

    MM
     

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