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Old 10-03-2016, 17:29   #1
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I want to build a custom water tank">fresh water tank, it fits under the v-birth, my question to you guys is if the tank holds 50 gallons is that to much weight for a 29 ft sloop?
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Way too much.
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That's like having 2 people permanently sitting on the bow. Not good on 29ft.
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400++ lbs in the bow......bad.

Get two chunky friends to stand up there and see how it sails.


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Ok, how much of a water tank would be acceptable in the v-birth? There is a 15 gallon tank there now. I am refitting the boat for cruising and I need more water.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jim.
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Ok, how much of a water tank would be acceptable in the v-birth? There is a 15 gallon tank there now. I am refitting the boat for cruising and I need more water.
I'm too lazy to look up the specs on your boat, but I have a 20 gallon water tank in my V-berth and that's plenty of weight, if you catch my drift. In other words: your current tank is what's acceptable in your V-berth

How much water do you need?
If your cruise includes a 30-day (if all goes well, 40 days max) ocean crossing, and there's 2 people on board, you'll need around 50 gal (you'll need 2,5L/0.66 gal per day per person min.).

Before you turn your boat into a (barely) floating watertank: look at your plans. Where there's humans, there's water, so you won't usually need to carry water for weeks and weeks on end.

With your current tank you're good for a week at least. How often will you be at sea for longer then a week? Is that worth building (an) extra tank(s) or can you use cans for those times?

If you feel you need extra tanks, consider the weight - you don't want to add too much (and you're also bringing fuel, most people buy enough food for a zombie apocalypse - it all adds a LOT of weight) and you'll want to make sure they weight gets distributed correctly (using cans instead of a tank helps with that too). Don't forget thinks like the battery bank when considering where you can add weight.
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I just realized your boat is an IOR 1/2 ton!!

The only acceptable place for 50 gallons of water on that boat, IMHO, is on top of the keel!!


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