Adding tanks - holding and fresh water

CEShawn

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So starting to think out adding fresh water and a holding tank. Bill, this thread might be right up your alley.

Was thinking about what capacities to go with and what people have out there commonly. I know you can never add it.

Sometimes I operate six pack charters for the day inside, so need to hold onto everything. Usually only one or two persons use the head all day. Outside not to worried about it.

For the fresh water, just going to have one deck faucet with fresh water, maybe not even a sink in the head but just hand sanitizer and then a shower just for my own use while canyon fishing. I was amazed two boats ago what it was like to take a shower at the end of a fishing day, how refreshed I felt, etc. I think then I only had a 30 gallon tank and never ran out. Of course, its get wet, shut off, soap, rinse and done.

Then of course do I feed the toilet fresh water?
 

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When i had my bowpicker i would stay out on the grounds for 2 weeks at a time, i could get fuel & food from the tenders that bought my fish, i got fresh water either from waterfalls running into the sound (we'd set up a bucket and hose system to use all season) or the tenders also had water for us. The best thing i did was buy one of these Zodi propane showers, that shower in the fish hold was the highlight of many long days.
For a head i had a 5gal bucket with a nice seat that clipped on to it :lol:.

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General rule of thumb for a fresh water tank is (at least) double what your holding tank will be. If it's going to be just you, probably 30 gallons will be more than ample. It's when you start getting non-boaters on board that it becomes an issue of supply. Much like a kid brushing their teeth with the tap on full bore while they scrub, people just don't give it a second thought. Toss in multiple trips to the head, due to mixed company or just not hauling out over the side and that 30 gallons is starting to dwindle very quickly. Space is a premium but I generally don't recommend anything below 40 gallons for a fresh water tank, but these are used primarily by people who will have non-boaters on frequently. A few trips under their belt and they start to understand how important it is that the captain be able to take a shower.

An on demand hot water maker is a nice addition to any vessel, good call Steve.

You don't need to feed the head fresh water, although it will smell better if you do. They have systems now where the flush sequence is salt water, and then the bowl is rinsed with fresh, that way you don't get the sulfur dioxide breaking down and stinking up the cabin.

Also, febreeze works wonders :-D
 

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Shawn I put a 70 gallon fresh water tank in the boat. It feeds the galley faucet and fresh water wash down. With 4 guys and 6-7 days at the canyons we came in with about 30 gallons left. Thats being conservative with everyone taking a shower halfway through the trip just using the deck wash down. Dishes were washed after each use and coffee was made a couple times a day. Didnt use any for drinking.
 

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I put 40 gal (2 20's) of freshwater & water heater in the boat with a deck FW hose and a deck shower ... can't beat a rinse/shower after a few days on the grounds, and the ability to wash off the gear or windows anytime anywhere is huge ...
 

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I was thinking of putting a fresh water washdown on the bow as well... Just to piss off the Rybovich's that have a hose connections up there... Figure make everyone look twice as Star Island/Nantucket.
 

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Down here most of the canal water is brackish so feeding the head with fresh water is much better because of the smell. I have a 6 gallon holding tank and it's plenty as long as I keep track of when it is getting used. This winter i am putting in a Y valve so I can go overboard while off shore rather then having to use it then pump it over board. As fas as water tank is concerned I have 50 gallons in 2 tanks. I very rarely fill both tanks so 25 gallons should be plenty.
 
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