install Keg system on boat

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  1. AllTideUp

    AllTideUp Member

    147
    May 6, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    2001 SeaRay 340DA, V-Drive
    7.4 Horizons - 380 HP
    I'm looking into installing a keg system on the boat. Anyone else ever do this? Wonder how a keg would do when under way and other cruise conditions.
     
  2. Do Over

    Do Over Member

    981
    Aug 9, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks
    2002 340DA
    8.1 Horizons
    I don't think you'll need to worry about pressurizing the keg.
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Alltiedup, please don't take offense at this but I'm glad you're on the opposite side of the country from me. I'm dead set against drinking while boating and here's why....

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    This was done by a drunk boater who didn't see my boat even though we had all the lights on including cabin and cockpit lights. What we don't need is another drunk at the helm. Now if you're planning on not consuming any booze until you're anchored or tied to a dock, please forgive my incorrect assumption.

    Sorry, but if I have to move the boat I don't consume ANY alcohol. After the anchor is down or I'm tied to a dock, bring 'em on. But until then I'm a teetotaler.
     
  4. Dsybok

    Dsybok New Member

    388
    Jul 9, 2011
    Los Angeles/Lakewood, CA
    Currently Boatless
    Boatless
    I don't drink a sip when I am underway or have plans to be underway, or may need to be underway in an emergency, which means no drinks while anchored, only in a slip or securely tied on a mooring in good weather.

    My guests tend to like to drink though, but I can't imagine why you would need a keg on a boat the size of a 340, 3 or 4 12 packs would seem like plenty for the 10 or 12 total people you can get on one of these boats. Where would you put it too? Engine room would be too hot for a keg and I don't see any other space large enough on a 340 that wouldn't take away from needed storage.
     
  5. AllTideUp

    AllTideUp Member

    147
    May 6, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    2001 SeaRay 340DA, V-Drive
    7.4 Horizons - 380 HP
    GoFirstClass, wow looks like that was quite an impact. Hope no one was hurt!!

    I don't drive while drunk, I set my anchor and hold tight for the weekend.

    The reason I was thinking about this is I brew my own beer and was thinking of ways to take it along. These aren't 15 gallon kegs, but I brew in 5 gallon kegs.
     
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    ATU, The three of us on my boat all received pretty severe whiplash injuries. Don't know about the two people on the boat that hit us. Don't really care either.

    Really? And who determines the point at which you are drunk and no longer fit to be a skipper? One of the intoxicated guests on your boat? I'm sorry, but I have pretty strong feelings about those who choose to pilot their boat after they've had any amount of intoxicants. It's one thing to drive a car after having a beer or two. At that point you're most likely under the legal limit. It's a totally different thing to try to skipper a boat after drinking. Boats handle differently, don't have brakes, and there aren't any white lines to focus on.

    BTW, the guy who hit my boat--his blood alcohol reading was .09. Just slightly above the legal limit. Was he drunk? Legally yes, but he probably would have described himself as "Just a bit buzzed". The big question is--was he too drunk to be driving his boat? I think the results speak for themselves.
     
  7. Dsybok

    Dsybok New Member

    388
    Jul 9, 2011
    Los Angeles/Lakewood, CA
    Currently Boatless
    Boatless
    GFC given that fairly low BAC you must I'm sure grudgingly admit the possibility that the accident may have happened not because of alcohol but because he was a crappy skipper. Guy might have plowed into you having had zero drinks.

    I still agree with your position 100%, and I would add that being anchored is not a ticket to start drinking, what if some weather came up or you had to pull anchor and move suddenly for whatever reason. That is why I don't drink unless I am in my slip or in a guest slip somewhere or securely moored to fore and aft moorings in a protected harbor with no chance of having to get underway. Just not worth the risk IMHO.
     
  8. Jmwarren

    Jmwarren Member

    416
    Jul 14, 2011
    Ontario
    390 Motor Yacht
    Cummins - 480CEs
    100% agreed. I had a buyer come out, unexpectedly, for my last boat who was upset that I wouldn't take him out as I'd been drinking.

    Its just not worth the risk!
     
  9. gator1

    gator1 Member

    83
    Dec 12, 2012
    Lake Lanier, Ga
    2001 380
    7.4L v-drives
    I would have to agree with Dsybok, other factors(Drugs) had to play a role in your accident! I'm not saying that alcohol didn't play a role but that's some serious damage for 0.09 BAC. Boats are just the same as cars in my opinion even though they don't have brakes because 2ft over the line and bam you have a head on collision. How do we know that he doesn't carry a breathalyzer like I do on board to ensure he is not driving over the legal limit! Im sorry but I just object to everyone and their brother jumping on each other's throat because they don't run their boat and have the same rules as them. Don't get me wrong, I am not condoning him to operate his vessel while drinking but he just asked a simple question.
     
  10. gator1

    gator1 Member

    83
    Dec 12, 2012
    Lake Lanier, Ga
    2001 380
    7.4L v-drives
    Also just a side note, depending on how long after the accident they took his BAC level could play a role in it being 0.09. Sorry to get off topic just thinking aloud.
     
  11. Blueone

    Blueone Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    831
    Jan 24, 2007
    St Clair Shores, Michigan
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    The op simply asked a question then got accused of driving drunk... I don't think that was fair.

    I have been T-boned by a drunk driver in a intersection with my family in the car and I didn't take offense to the question.
     
  12. Meathead

    Meathead New Member

    46
    May 10, 2014
    Australia
    2006Sundancer 240da
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Litre Diesel
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III
  13. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    I know this isn't really your question, yet I'll give you my thoughts.

    I don't think boating and drinking mix. I'm not saying guests can't drink or it's unsafe when you're tied to the dock.

    Though, if anything were to happen, I can't imagine how an attorney would spin you having an installed keg aboard. It's one thing if it's a bottle, or some wine, perhaps a case of beer. But a keg? Man, I don't know about that unless you are tied up at Havasu and are prepared for the consequences.
     
  14. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Maybe these guys would have some suggestions
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  15. CAMELLA

    CAMELLA Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 14, 2008
    Edgewater, Maryland
    2007 48 DA
    Cummins QSC 540
    Why is a keg a bad idea? The man likes his home brewed beer. Not sure anyone is making a big deal about those who have blenders, ice makers, a cabinet full of spirits, fridge full of beer, or a wine rack. He never said he plans on drinking the entire keg at once, a keg is a way to transport and dispense beer.

    No matter what alcoholic beverages you have on the boat, you are the captain and need to make the right decision.
     
  16. JimT

    JimT Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler

    Well said. The man said he wants his home brew while at anchor. Get off your high horses.
     
  17. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    513
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    A few issues that I can think of outside of the concerns of being drunk...

    Foam. The boat is going to shake the keg a lot.
    Temp control. Too warm, and you get foam.
    CO2 storage. Even the smaller tanks are going to take space
     
  18. Riptide III

    Riptide III Member SILVER Sponsor

    405
    Dec 8, 2007
    Dartmouth MA
    1997 Sea Ray 400DA
    Cat 3116 TA
    1994 Sea Ray Laguna CC Twin 135 Mercs
    :
    Finally, after sixteen posts, someone posted something useful. Thank you k9medic.
     
  19. Z-Worthy

    Z-Worthy Member

    377
    Jun 20, 2014
    Sandusky, OH
    1997 400 DA
    300hp CAT 3116s
    Im not sure what the cockpit setup is on the 340, but on my 400 I think you could do the old "college dorm" route and drill a tap into the door of the cockpit fridge. Keep the keg and all included hardware in the fridge. You would probably need to upgrade the fridge, and you wouldn't be able to put anything else in it. But it could work.
     
  20. jrseitz

    jrseitz New Member SILVER Sponsor

    307
    Jun 11, 2012
    Elkhart, IN
    Boatless
    Boatless
    +1 You can sure tell it is dead in the middle of winter! Give the guy a break.
     

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