Do you fill your water tanks from 5-gallon containers – either jerry cans or purchased water?
If so, you’ll appreciate this idea for a funnel, from Dennis and Susan Ross of Ross Marine Services in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Dennis takes a one-gallon water bottle, cuts out the bottom, and screws the top into his deck fill.
“The size is perfect, and although the threads don’t match exactly, the plastic is soft enough that they cross thread easily.” The funnel stands up by itself without a second person having to hold it — yep, lots better than the “deck fill funnels” you can buy and the only expense is a gallon of water!
We used Dennis’ method a couple of times when we couldn’t use our watermaker and the local water was suspect. Yes, it really IS that simple!
We spent several months buddy-boating with Dennis and Susan aboard Two Can Play and they are both very knowledgeable cruisers. They taught us a lot about cooking seafood . . . and also introduced us to CSI (they had a few seasons on DVD).
Since then, we’ve crossed paths many times and they’ve begun Ross Marine Services in La Paz — Dennis is a surveyor, they provide boat watching services (we used them while Que Tal was up for sale) and will also manage major projects and repairs. They don’t have a website, but did give me a copy of their brochure detailing their services — see Ross Marine Services — La Paz (PDF including contact information).
I just love finding simple solutions like this to nagging little irritations!