I was replacing hoses from my forward water tanks
to the foot pump
yesterday when I found a 'new' line leading from below the sole to up and behind the cooler. I hadn't seen this line before so I put on my private eye hat and followed it. 30 minutes and one removed cooler box later, I find another 25 gallon tank built in below the propane deck
This is an owner finished boat
from 1971, I have no factory plans nor a blue print of any kind but this is the third water
or fuel tank
I have found.
I now have two forward tanks
at 25 gallons each, one gravity fed galley
tank at 35 gallons above the sink and now this one (which gravity flows to the mains) at 25 gallons.
The main fuel tank
(diesel) is in the floor and holds 39 gallons. While renewing its fitting seals
, I found a line leading aft up towards the cockpit
. That line is plumbed into a hidden 25 gallon fuel
tank, sandwiched between plywood
and totally hidden. Its filler pipe is accessible only after lifting out the starboard lazerette flooring
. Further inspection
revealed this tank was full and the fuel
was still good! But wait! Is this a breather line leading to it? NO! Its another line from yet another fuel tank! This one holds 12 gallons (reserve?) and is found mounted on the underside of the stern deck
. You have to crawl down in the stern hatch/engine room access and look up to see it!
I love surprises!
I bought this boat
in July, the po used it as an apartment and never sailed it. Original owner/builder is long gone and there is very little info out there. It is a C Mist hull
and while it does share much with the Westsail 32, these nifty little touches are one of a kind.