|Posted on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 10:31 pm: |
I posted a message a few days ago about a badly corroded water tank (see "Fresh Water Tank"). I now find that the fuel tank also rests directly on the wood sole under the berth. It is likely that the fuel tank is also corroded.
I found a very informative article on the web at http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/maintenance/0402fueltanks/. I urge everyone to read this and think about your tanks.
I plan to empty out my fuel tank as soon as possible and then remove it from the boat. If the bottom corrosion is not too bad, I will clean it thoroughly with a power wire brush and apply a few layers of fiberglass and West System epoxy.
I found a good replacement for the water tank at www.boatdepot.com. The Ronco "B394" is a good fit under the starboard berth and is slightly larger than the original tank. You will have to do some minor modifications to fit this tank, and you will have to purchase the fitting relocation kit. The overall cost will run around $300.
I plan to bed this new tank on a 1/2" layer of closed-cell styrofoam insulation, and install two hold-downs at each end.