Beneteau F310 ~ APOTHIC
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ontario, NY (PYC)
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You guys with the big boats definitely have more stern space to play with. My CS27 (with external rudder) doesn't have enough room to mount tanks on the transom without making it look like it has butt-cheeks.
I have enough room (in my visual opinion) to put one 10lb tank on the rail and I don't really like the aethetic impact at all. It is, however, a very functional compromise considering a horizontal tank would eat an entire locker up, and a vertical tank would be very hard to drain from a bulkhead mount.
The SS mounting looks very sharp, but will have to wait until the budget recovers from this refit. I just use a steel plate which screws to the transom top, and has one "leg" that supports the outboard portion. It's painted the color of the transom, so not too obtrusive.
As for the solenoid, I completely agree about the convenience. I like the idea. I just think they are an expensive piece of convenience in my case. I'll look more closely at the ABYC standards again and see if I can deduce whether the solenoid rule applies to stern rails. If not, I think I'll keep it simple and upgrade later.
My boat is just about stripped to the hull and going through almost complete electronics replacement, woodworking restoration, painting, blister repair, running rigging replacement, and more... So, I'm trying to watch every penny as they add up incredibly fast across systems. Not skimping, or being dangerously cheap, but trying to prioritize what's truly necessary to get her back afloat before I go nuts.
I've worked with the manual valve for a while and had no objections to the convenience, so I know I could happily live with it for a year or two and add a solenoid later as long as its not required by ABYC for stern rails. If its requiredm then I'll certainly make it happen one way or another.
Thanks again for all the input!
Beneteau F310 ~ Apothic
PYC, Lake Ontario