1 (edited by Vince P 2017-11-20 14:25:34)

Topic: Pictures of Water Tank(s)?

Hoping that people still read this forum....
My 1976 CO26 came with the water tank removed, but based on the existing plumbing, it appears that it was directly under the sink on the port side.  Has anyone found a source for a hard sided tank?  I'd prefer hard plastic over flexible.  Pictures of your set up would be great.
Also, for those who have tanks on both sides; how are they connected to each other?

Re: Pictures of Water Tank(s)?

Yes people read the forum, although less frequently than in the past.  We need more fun questions like this one.

I also have a 1976 Contessa. 

The water tank was under the the port side quarter berth, positioned forward so that part of the top of the tank projected 2-3 inches into the galley sink vanity.  The aft end of the tank was blocked in the quarter berth by a fibreglass panel about 26 inches aft of the galley.  On my boat frost had split the tank at its bottom outlet.  I had a grand fight trying to extract the tank without cutting the fibreglass of the quarter berth.  In the end I decide to scrap the tank -- I cut it into about a dozen pieces for removal.  I now have a Plastimo flexible water tank in the bilge between the head and the hanging locker.  My thinking was to lower the centre of gravity a bit and free space for storage in the quarter berth. 

If your water tank is gone then you have lots of options.  For example Ronco has a very rich catalogue of ready-made tanks.  https://ronco-plastics.com/     

If you want to replace the tank with something similar to the original then you will have to make a larger opening in the top of the quarter berth.  Remember that you will have to close this hole in order to sit down again!

If running twin potable water tanks I would valve between them.  You want to avoid having bad water on one side contaminating the other.

If trying the bilge as I did, the trick lies in the hose runs.  My cabin liner would not allow me to pass a hose from the bilge directly to the galley area.  Instead I ran the hoses forward under the v-berth and then back through the hanging locker to reach the galley.  It makes for long hose runs but has minimal impact on the boat and keeps everything hidden from sight.  I was only required to drill between the hanging locker and the V-berth.

Since I enthusiastically complicate my boat (not recommended!), a tee at the tank feeds a second outlet aft through the bilge into the engine compartment where the electric water pump lives.  My thinking was to make it slightly quieter and group all the mechanical systems in one place.  The water line then passes through the port quarter berth and back to the galley and a very small hot-water heater.  Hot water on demand is a nice luxury.

Good luck!

p.s.  If you do not plan on drinking the water in the tank consider plumbing the sink pump to a sea-cock and carrying potable water in 4-litre plastic jugs.  This is both easy and inexpensive.

3 (edited by Vince P 2017-11-22 04:56:03)

Re: Pictures of Water Tank(s)?

Thanks Christopher… for a very detailed reply.  This site has always been such great source of information and it’s great to see that there are still some site veterans around.
I have been to that Ronco site in the past without luck.  Trying to find the right size that will slip in as well as having the shape to match the hull has proven difficult.
I have also considered a tank in the bilge, with similar routing that you described, but in the end, it didn’t seem that I could get much volume.  What size flexible tank did you use?
Also, great idea with the water heater.  I once did something similar on a VW campervan using the engine as a heat source, but that was a closed water cooled system that used coolant to pass through a coil in the tank.  The water was a bit too hot!

Re: Pictures of Water Tank(s)?

The water tank I chose was the 150 litre version.

I think it is the same as this one:

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/plastimo … ecordNum=3

Vetus makes a similar tank.

My Contessa has a heavy fibreglass bin that lives in the cabin sole between the two settees.  The tank begins at the bin and runs forward to the V-Berth.  Careful of sharp fibreglass edges in this area -- not so much for you as for the tank!  This particular tank is a little big for the space -- instead of forming a cylinder as pictured, it will conform to its surroundings.  It means I won't get to carry the full 150 litres but it is more water than the boat originally carried.  I believe the old tank was 20 gallons but someone may correct me.   Depending on how you are using the bilge area you could look at the 200 litre tank -- it is the same diameter but longer.  As I said, I wanted to retain the use of the bin.  The area between the bottom of the bin and the top of the keel on my boat makes a nice wine-locker.

Beware of overloading the boat.  It is easy to do.

5 (edited by Vince P 2017-11-22 18:28:25)

Re: Pictures of Water Tank(s)?

That area under the sole in my boat curves down to only about 8 inches wide and maybe 9 or 10 inches high. Is that the same size as yours, or is it much bigger than that? My batteries are also in there, but closer to the center.

Re: Pictures of Water Tank(s)?

This won't apply to you, but for others' reference, my 1983 JJ Taylor 26  as a fibreglass tank under the v-berth; Primarily on the starboard side, it goes up and across to port.  It is awkward, difficult to clean, and a poor placement for heavy tankage.  I'd love to cut it out and replace it with something, but it is a complex shape and I suspect cutting under the v-berth would lose some lateral strength...

I have not replaced it and we normally keep it dry unless doing a very long trip.

Re: Pictures of Water Tank(s)?

Thanks Jordan.  I’ve decided to build an integral tank under the port side quarter berth.  How big it will be remains the question. Right now I’m thinking about maximum of 35 gal / 130 liters and if necessary, carry more in 5 gal portable containers.
I’m in the middle of a major refit and will probably not get to that part until later this year.