Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Kalispell, MT
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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?
In answer to your question, Kriscross, we have the "stock" water tank in the Catalina 27 of about 10 gallons (yikes, way way small).
Years ago, the PO removed the inboard motor. All of the motor mount rails, etc. are still in place. And it's kind of a crappy space for storage anyway. I mounted a 35 gallon plastic barrel in that space - basically right on the motor mount rails. Because it's located on the rails, it's just slightly higher than the regular tank, so I can use this to periodcally re-fill the regular tank - via a simple shutoff valve. It's also connected to a deck fitting for 1) filling with a hose at a marina, or 2) rainwater collection.
I like this much better than jerry cans on deck because it's out of the way (obviously), but it keeps the center of gravity very low too.
S/V "New Girl" on the dock