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Re: Water tank installation/weight distribution

Rather than put metal bars that are of no use except to repel boarders, I
would suggest putting a five gallon jug of water. This will add about forty
pounds up front, and you can vary the amount of water as you see fit. There
never seems to be enough water when you are cruising. I sailed with a twenty
gallon tank for a number of years, and with rationing we could get about
four days from it. I now have fifty gallons, and pressure water, and It will
last five to seven days depending on whether I turn off the pump and demand
that only the foot pump be used. The only other answer would be a lighter
outboard. With the advent of four stroke outboards, that is not likely.
Fleet one San Juan 21 is going to be cruising the San Juan's the first week
in August, and you and the rest of the list are welcome to join us. We will
have San Juan 21's to what ever is chartered. Please let me Know at
pgardnersj@xxxxxxx if you plan to come.
Gene Adams
----- Original Message -----
From: "Langer, Frank" <FLanger@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 6:56 AM
Subject: RE: Water tank installation/weight distribution

> Gene, the recent e-mails about water tank location touched on the issue of
> weight distribution, which in my opinion is still a bit of a problem on
> (including mine) SJ 23s.  Mine is the Mark II model, with tall rig and
> keel and two full cockpit lockers.
> I have the gas tank, small tool box, cleaning supplies in the starboard
> locker, and the motor is also mounted on that side; I store the battery
> four headsails in the port locker.  The water tank (12 gal) is located
> the cockpit, and is usually 1/3 to 1/2 full (not fuller to decrease
> I keep light storage (e.g. life jackets, blanket, clothing change, etc.)
> under the seats in the cabin, and my spinnaker under the v-berth. I keep
> danforth anchor/rode in the bow anchor locker.
> With this distribution, and only myself at the helm (about 160 lbs.), the
> stern appears to be slightly low judging by the waterline, and the cockpit
> scuppers take on water into the cockpit when motoring or when sailing with
> several crew in the cockpit.
> Do you have any suggestions for better weight distribution?  I have even
> considered adding some weights (about 30 lbs. in metal bars) in the bow
> locker bottom, but have been hesitant as any additional weight in a boat,
> even to better balance the weight, is usually discouraged.
> Thanks for any advice.
> Frank.
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