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Tanks, Senders and Hatches

Bill Martinelli, Voyager, #11

 

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Tanks

If you change from the sender that is recessed down into the tank to one that is mounted on the top of the tank you will get correct readings as to when your tank is full. The diagram shows you why this doesn't happen with the recessed sender.

Go to www.wemausa.com to find replacement senders. The stainless steel screw thread type is a model S3U, you do not need a thread adapter kit, the unit will screw directly into the old threads. If you wish to mount the senders in the top of the tank use the SSL or SSS stainless steel units. In both cases you need to select a sender length. If you opt for placing the unit on top of the tank get a gasket for the sender from Wema. To install you need a hole saw large enough to allow the float to go nito the tank. After that all you need are 5 stainless sheet metal screws to hold mount the unit.

Tanks

Tank #1 showing sender position if you want to install a full height sender as opposed to the one that is recessed below the top of the tank you may do so just to the right or just in front of the original one. The full height unit uses 5 screws to hold it down. By using the full height unit you will get correct readings as to when the tank is full. Both this photo and the one below were taking before I changed to the top mounted senders.

Tanks

Tank #4 under the galley sole, again you can replace this sender with a full height unit.

Tanks

This is where tank #4 used to reside. It is now a storage area that measures 54' long by 26" wide and ranges 6" to 13" in depth. Long neck beer bottles will stand up under the forward hatch.

Tanks

 

Tanks

Tank #5 at a capacity of just 15 gallons means it always runs out when you are in the shower covered in soap! Wine seems like a much better solution, also you can add an additional sump pump to help drain the aft shower It also helps if you add an additional drain to the outboard side of the shower drain pan, for those times you are on port tack.

Tanks

 

Tanks

 

Tanks

I replaced the #2 watertank with a factory supplied aluminum fuel tank. This is a closeup of the tank sender, fuel feed and return. This is the same sender you can mount in the top of your water tanks.

Tanks

Below is an overall photo of the tank installation, the large opening with the small hose sticking out is where the new 16k airconditioner is being installed.