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Good idea, I had not thought of this.

Having never used a bladder tank, how is it filled, by gravity like any other tank or would I also have to pump water into it ?

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Thinking more about this, I think what I would rather do is just use my regular water containers and have a water pump so I wouldn't have to lift them out of the dinghy. Anybody have a suggestion for a 12vdc water pump, is there a place around that sells that ? Maybe a small bilge pump is what I am looking for, something that wouldn't put oil into the water ...
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Thinking more about this, I think what I would rather do is just use my regular water containers and have a water pump so I wouldn't have to lift them out of the dinghy. Anybody have a suggestion for a 12vdc water pump, is there a place around that sells that ? Maybe a small bilge pump is what I am looking for, something that wouldn't put oil into the water ...
Do you have pressure water on your boat? Buy a spare of exactly that pump and use it to pump from jerry jugs or any container, and you'll also be able to swap out directly if your pressure pump fails.
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If I am traveling, what is the easiest way to find mooring locations?
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Filling a bladder tank in the dinghy to transfer to your onboard tank is easy. You fillit the same way you fill the jerry cans (usually from a water spigot or hose). The advantage is, the bladder tank rolls up small when empty. And can carry quite alot of water when full. It also will/can lie in the bottom of the dinghy easier than the jerry can balancing act (sliding around etc.
Getting the same type of pump as you already have aboard is a good idea, however your pressure water system pump probably is prety costly and not durable enough to be kncked about in a dinghy and possibly inclimate weather conditions.
Harbor freight sells a 12 volt stainless pump body model for about $30 with standard hose fittings it can be attached easily to the bladder tank.
I guess if you didn't have a bladder tank you could still fill the jerry cans then pump into the main tank, untill you convinced yourself that this method is worthy . Then I would guess you would tire of lugging the cans and just get the bladder tank.
ALso to the sailor asking about mooring locations. why not just anchor ? it's free ! and you never have to wonder what your actually tied to when the weather kicks up, as you will have lowered the ground tackle yourself.
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to the sailor asking about mooring locations. why not just anchor ? it's free ! and you never have to wonder what your actually tied to when the weather kicks up, as you will have lowered the ground tackle yourself.
as joe says---your tackle is better than a mooring unknown...there is always a place to anchor---there may not always be a place to moor----mooring requires using someone else's tackle--not your own--and there are steps to hassle as re: finding one without a long waiting list, much less one in the area you wish to use.....there may not be a field ion the area you seek a mooring in....etc.......in many places there is the ability to anchor near a mooring field--not in redhook, st thomas, usvi, however------but many other areas that is a possibility--and moorings cost money---anchoring, most places, does not.......

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Getting the same type of pump as you already have aboard is a good idea, however your pressure water system pump probably is prety costly and not durable enough to be kncked about in a dinghy and possibly inclimate weather conditions.
A lot of people carry a spare pressure pump anyway, so using it for water transfer is a cost savings over an additional transfer pump.

I don't carry mine in the dinghy. Only when I get full water jugs back to the boat do I pull out the spare pressure pump (and incidentally General Ecology pre-filter) and transfer water.

I similarly use my X-Changer oil change pump to move fuel from diesel jugs to the boat tanks.

I have a very bad back and work hard to avoid putting any kind of strain on it. Using pumps I carry anyway to transfer liquids helps a lot.
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