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Just completed the classic companionway hatch repair using masking tape. Total cost about $3 in materials and a couple of hours.

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might I suggest using graphite powder mixed with the epoxy for lower friction
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This is my first post to this thread. The boat has an integral fresh water tank made in the bow under the V berth. The first time we ran out of water (at the dock) I started looking... there was nothing to indicate water level and no way to have a look at the tank. I cut a hole on top of the tank, (which is under the V berth cushions) and installed a 12" access plate. That's good for maintenance, but still didn't solve the water quantity issue without moving cushions and opening the access. (I'm lazy). So I built the gauge setup shown below. Paid $40 for the gauge and $25 or so for the plumbing. The gauge reads "inches of water". The wife watched and recorded the gauge as I added 1 gallon at a time and then made a conversion table. Works good.
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Here's another. Not that folks haven't installed microwaves, but I see them all over the boats. Our galley cupboards were perfect. We have CNG for the stove/oven, plug in coffe maker and hot cups, all we needed to round out the galley was a microwave. $89 or so on sale and cut one shelf... fit like a glove.
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So I built the gauge setup shown below. Paid $40 for the gauge and $25 or so for the plumbing. The gauge reads "inches of water". The wife watched and recorded the gauge as I added 1 gallon at a time and then made a conversion table. Works good.
That's a quite nice idea, but there is another option, using a "flow counter" (don't know how they are called exactly in english) like this one (german page):
GARDENA Wassermengenzähler

those are available for about 20 Bucks, and you can simply put them in the line to the sink. Then, fill the tank, empty it and you know the exact tank volume.

pros:
-cheaper and easier to install
-very accurate

cons:
-you have to reset the counter when you refill the tank
-doesn't work if you don't fill the tank completely
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That's a quite nice idea, but there is another option, using a "flow counter" (don't know how they are called exactly in english) like this one (german page):
GARDENA Wassermengenzähler

those are available for about 20 Bucks, and you can simply put them in the line to the sink. Then, fill the tank, empty it and you know the exact tank volume.

pros:
-cheaper and easier to install
-very accurate

cons:
-you have to reset the counter when you refill the tank
-doesn't work if you don't fill the tank completely
I looked at that, however unless someone tells me for sure that gravity is enough force to work the counter... I don't know how sensitive they are. Not a bad idea if it works. It would probably work downstream of the pressure pump, but I had no room to install something in the plumbing that I could readily get to (everything behind walls or under floors).
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That's a quite nice idea, but there is another option, using a "flow counter" (don't know how they are called exactly in english) like this one (german page):
GARDENA Wassermengenzähler

those are available for about 20 Bucks, and you can simply put them in the line to the sink. Then, fill the tank, empty it and you know the exact tank volume.

pros:
-cheaper and easier to install
-very accurate

cons:
-you have to reset the counter when you refill the tank
-doesn't work if you don't fill the tank completely
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I can't imagine you can get cheaper, simpler nor easier than a sight tube
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might I suggest using graphite powder mixed with the epoxy for lower friction
and, if I recall, graphite in the epoxy will also add UV protection, yes?
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and, if I recall, graphite in the epoxy will also add UV protection, yes?
yes
or if you want something a little more wear resistant you could add aluminum to the mix
west additives are great even if their epoxies are over priced /over rated
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Here's another. Not that folks haven't installed microwaves, but I see them all over the boats. Our galley cupboards were perfect. We have CNG for the stove/oven, plug in coffe maker and hot cups, all we needed to round out the galley was a microwave. $89 or so on sale and cut one shelf... fit like a glove.
While most all small microwaves appear to be the same size, there is one microwave on the market (that I am aware of) that is smaller than all the rest. I used to own a Sharp Half Pint, and it is a good little microwave 600W and big enough for a dinner plate, but the guts of the thing were well arranged as to not take up much space at all. If you're considering putting a nuker on a boat, take a look at this little puppy as it can save some space.

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