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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Still More Tankage

Been working on the main salon this past week. Final mock ups of the floor/dinette riser and port side cabinet faces have been made and tweaked. In the process we have "discovered" two significant "dead spaces" on the port side, left of the aft dinette settee, against the hull. These spaces, when everything gets built over them, are pretty much useless, as there would be no practical easy access. Now, we are always wanting to make efficient use of space (living aboard a small 28 foot boat teaches you that really well), so what to use this for? I do not know what Westsail Corp used it for, but I suspect it was left empty. Diesel Fuel Day Tanks We have decided to have two small diesel fuel tanks made and plumbed in. Commonly known as "day tanks". The idea behind day tanks is that you pump fuel from your mains into these smaller tanks, then run your engine/generator/heaters from these. This has a couple advantages. One, when on long passages, it forces/enables better monitoring of fuel consumption. Daily (the "day" in "day tank"), one checks and records the levels of these tanks and tops them off from the mains as necessary. They are not filled from the deckfill. Second advantage is the tanks give you more flexibility in plumbing to enable tank isolation and fuel polishing. Adding a few more pumps, valves, hoses, one can set up a filter recirculating system to clean the fuel. The dead space allows for tank capacities of about 21 and 17 gallons.
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