Water flow restricter in faucets?

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  1. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Active Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gS165 w Quantum HD Radar
    cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    Ive been thinking that the water flow in the Galley sink is quite low yet the showers have pretty good flow. I assume this is designed to conserve the limited supply of water carried on board. We spend virtually all of our time aboard at a dock with shore water. Does anyone know if and where a removable restrictor may be installed?
    Carpe Diem
  2. atrick

    atrick Active Member

    Mar 4, 2017
    1995 searay 290 Sundancer
    1990 21 maxum
    Twin 4.3 mercrusers with alpha one genII drives
    305 chevy with a alpha one drive
    end of faucet behind aerator
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  3. becnme

    becnme Active Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    Fort Myers
    07 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC 500
    You can take the sprayer apart and will probably find debris in the screen. I use a channel locks on the square molded into the rubber sprayer. The screens in the heads have been plugged too.
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  4. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    I'm sure there is a law in California that puts you in prison for doing so but I pull the restrictors out of all faucets and shower heads. No one complains about too much water flow at a faucet or shower head on a boat (or on land for that matter). I leave the screens in and they do a good job of catching the debris and centering the water flow.
  5. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    Ditto. I usually disassemble annually and always find a bunch of crud. Bits of sand, etc. Sometimes the little mesh screens get crudded up and need to be cleaned with a brush.

    A word of caution. The assembly on the end of the faucet has WAY more parts than one might expect; some tend to stick in place - both in the removable piece and the faucet - then fly apart when not expected. Carefully disassemble and note the orientation of all the parts. Be sure to look for parts sticking in the faucet BEFORE you turn on the water to flush things. More than once I've turned the faucet on and had parts come flying out.
  6. LMBoat

    LMBoat Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Ft Lauderdale
    1999 450 EB
    Cummins 6CTA's
    You can also soak them in "CLR" to clear them. This is also great for cleaning out the little holes in the shower heads.
  7. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I leave them in but they do need cleaning with CLR or plain old vinegar (takes longer) if you have hard water. They save water by leaving them in and 40 gallons lasts a lot longer that way.
  8. ENstig8or

    ENstig8or Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    2003 Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge.....

    2016 Sea Ray 21 SPX BR
    Cummins 480CE (450)
    Mercruiser 4.3L (21 SPX)
    I removed all of them and have never regretted that decision.

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