Fellow Californian 34 LRC owners,
In reading another thread about batteries
, I noticed 3dog had his batteries located outboard of his engines, then relocated them for easier access. This got me thinking about various configurations for the 34 LRC batteries, holding tank and fresh water tank. I think all of our fuel tanks are located outboard of the trannies and aft toward the transom along the hull sides. I believe my non-fuel tanks are original.
The channels outboard of my outer stringers and engines contains no permanently mounted equipment forward of the fuel tanks. This provides me easy access to the outboard sides of the engines and space for storage of spare parts and hoses in plastic boxes.
My batteries, holding and fresh water tanks are all located on centerline. Starting at the fwd ER door (under the steps), 2 batt boxes sized for 3 8D batteries are immediately aft of the door. My single start 8D sits in its own box and my house batteries are located in the double 8D box just aft of the start battery. These are covered with epoxy-painted marine plywood panels.
Aft of these 3 boxes is my 40 gallon fiberglass holding tank under two removable plywood panels. The top of this tank sits a couple inches higher than the other centerline equipment. The tank is located between the engines. If I remove the panels and step on the tank top, it flexes slightly. This tank's pumpout and vent lines are attached at the fwd end of the tank. The pumpout cap is located on the port side deck step and the vent exit is located on the port side of the hull.
Aft of this, starting abeam the trannies and continuing aft to nearly the transom is the original glassed-in 75 gallon freshwater tank. This tank does not have or need a plywood panel to protect it. It is glassed in very securely. Its filler cap is located in the cockpit deck along the transom, a foot or so to port of centerline. The overflow vents to the lower stbd corner of the transom near the stbd tank vent.
How do your battery and tank locations compare?