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Norm Rhines


Why? The reasion I have the valve accessable from the cockpit is; (shut off time) 1.5 sec. hole VS 12 sec.through the engine room (Fire issue as well as hose rupture) my valve is located on the fitting exiting the tank.

The answer to your second question is Yes

I also only have one tank = one hole. Only issue I have had is to close it up in rough seas. Normally I leave it closed except when motoring or cooling off the engine room.

do you already have both tanks?
If not the second tank could be set up to have a 4" or 6" deck plate for both the filling of the tank and access to the fittings (Custom designed tank) (a Note: one of those books require that over filling of a tank not go into the boat and not go over the side if the nozzel is left running for 5 sec.)

I will put one more item on the arangement here: in one of the other posts someone noted that the vent could be sent in to the cockpit I think this is a bad idea (ever had fuel and water on deck = really realy slick and could = loss of life under the wrong conditions). And for a valve on the vent line: I believe this would be a bad Idea, you could forget to open it just when you needed it the most.
I have a vent loop tied up just under the inside edge of the cockpit well then run up as high in the bulworks as I can before going down and connecting it to the vent on the outside of the hull, this has seamed to cover both tacks and one knockdown (starboard side) without fuel loss or water gain.

Happy plumbing:

Bud may have some good advice as he has seen many W32's and I believe he is a realiable sorce for the proper design.

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