|The bulkhead just forward of the old tank|
was been cutout using a Fein saw.
|Two of the four bolts that mount the shaft strut are actually|
located inside the fuel tank compartment. Salt water
was leaking in through these bolts.
|The area with the red dashed line is the portion of the bulkhead|
that is being cutout and replaced so that the tank can pass through
this area. This view is looking astern with the companionway steps in place.
|The temporary cutout in the bulkhead was made|
for removal of the old fuel tank. This view is looking toward the
bow from inside the starboard cockpit locker.
|Pitting corrosion was evident in at least four different|
locations on the old fuel tank. These appear
to have been caused by salt water exposure.
The old tank is now completely removed and it didn't look as bad as I had imagined but it was still worthwhile to replace it. There was some minor fuel leakage coming from the weld on the lowest point of the tank and some major pitting (probably caused by salt water exposure) on several areas of the tank that were bedded in the foam and subjected to intervals of wetting and drying. (The foam underneath the fuel tank was saturated with salt water.) The pitting depth seemed to be about half the thickness of the tank or more.
|Area aft of fuel tank once fuel tank was removed|
While it may seem like at lot of projects are being completed, my current list of completed projects is at 50 while my future projects number 70. Next up is two recently added projects: the re-bedding of the shaft strut bolts and replacing the 30-year old motor mounts. The installation of the new fuel tank will be done last because of the needed access to the strut bolts and the tank being out makes it easier to replace the motor mounts as well.