Always a swarm of ideas in my mind and too many interests to list. The top 5 would be guitar, solution design (work), teardrop design concepts, Pietenpol build approaches and where to head next with the kayak. ...because there's always a song in my head, a solution to a problem and a quest to go somewhere I've never been before. Play hard and travel far!

I wanted the water system installed before starting the above-deck work because I needed to route the fill and vent pipe through the floor but make sure it all fit in the same area where the pump mount was planned.  I think this was the first time in my life that everything went smoothly and as planned.  The water pump brackets are very rigid and securely hold the pump a few inches below the bottom of the deck.  I mounted it so that the plumbing would have a minimum number of elbows.  The tank has 2 barbed 1/2″ water exits at the bottom.  I brought them together in a 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 3/4″ tee that goes into the 3/4″ inlet of the pump.  The exit of the pump goes out to an upward facing elbow and then connects to a section of flexible clear hose before passing through the floor into a barb to PVC union.

I jogged the 1.25″ fill tube (gravity fill) at the forward top of the tank back a few inches so that it wouldn’t interfere with the walls I have planned.  The last 1/2″ barbed fitting at the rear top of the tank is for a vent which also goes up through the floor.

I will have that exit the wall below the fill tube so that water will run out to indicate that the tank is full.  I would connect it to a car battery and test it with water but I don’t want to get the tank wet with such a long road ahead and then have mold develop.  Everything lines up well and looks as good as I could have hoped for.