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Removed fiberglass water tank up in bow nose, installed battery platform

I have removed fiberglass water tank up in bow nose, installed battery platform to accept up to four 12-volt deep cycle batteries at the same time. Battery placement was then moved from stern up into nose of the bow. 2 to 4 12V deep cycle batteries mounted way up in the nose of the boat counter balances a tremendous amount of weight carried in the stern of the boat. This levels out the boat so that the tail is not dragging 6 or 8 inches deeper, or more, than the bow of the boat. If you think about it, Before the big rebuild, I used to have in the back of the boat, 2 - 6 gallon gas tanks, two 12 volt batteries, 1 - 6 hp Johnson motor, 1 anchor plus loads of other gear in the two lazzerrette. And all that was before 2,3 or 4 husky guys would climb into the cotpit. No wonder this boat used to be such a tail dragger.

Another point of information, when we carry four batteries up in the nose of the boat, this goes a long way to counter-balancing the heavy weight carried in the stern. If the water tank (that is no longer there) carried 12 gallons of water at 8 pounds per gallon, that would be 96 pounds of weight placed all the way up in the nose to counter-balance the heavy weight carried in the stern. Well, my stern is a little heavier than your average South Coast Sailboat, so, 4 - 12V deep cycle batteries at maybe 35-40 pounds apiece would add up to a maximum of about 160 pounds. This went a long way to rebalancing the boat so it does not drag its tail deep in the water like it used to. I never used that old water tank anyway, and it was always empty, therefore this was the reason that my boat used to be such a tail dragger. All that weight is mounted up where the water tank used to be. This helps even out the weight (from front to back. As a result, when sitting at the mooring, the stern usually hangs out of the water by only about 1". This then drops back down and in the water when we climb on board. This is a major plus. (A great upgrade for a water tank that never got any use)

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Up in the battery compartment, I normally keep a small 12 volt battery charger plugged into a GFI outlet which is switched back at the electrical panel. With the battery charger in place and connected, I don't need to relocate everything found up in the front berth to charge the batteries. I simply flip a switch, and based upon the settings of my battery switches I can charge one or two batteries at a time

 

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