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Re: Islander 30 MKII - Water Deck Fill Install
Thanks for all the advice. Just finished the project last weekend.
Notes: I went with Starboard side fill just out the head porthole, slightly aft. Hose went from the top right hand corner of V-berth tank, through the small under v-birth cubby, then through the small hanging locker, into the behind head cabinet, up through the small cubby behind head counter, and finally up through the deck inside this small cubby. The job was a medium effort job in my book with the tubing being the hardest part. Did it solo and although the hardest part, it still went smooth using 2" hole saw for tube to fit through. Just went inch by inch using about 7ft total of 1.5" ID low pressure vinyl tubing. I wanted to stay away a few inches from the boat hull as the bulkheads are all fiber-glassed to the hull and so I didn't want to alter the integrity of those joints. Pictures to come if i remember after the boat gets cleaned up.
Noticeable mentions: there seems to be a waste of space under/between the v-berth fresh water fiberglass tank (built in via fiberglass mold, not external) and actual hull of sailboat. After cutting into the cubby next to the tank, i could see about 3-6 inches of gap between the hull and tank fiberglass. Seems to me the tank could have been made much bigger using the rest of the empty space all the way around as the boat only has around 20-25 gallon tank. Maybe a larger project would be cut out the mold and design a custom water tank that fits the whole compartment better/efficiently. There might be a reason for this gap, outside of insulation as air is horrible at insulating when not in vacuum. If you know why, let me know as I'm very intrigued as to why so much space was left unused and not accessible.
Last edited by Islander30Jo; 01-13-2020 at 06:34 PM.