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Wednesday
Oct102012

ten days to go: excellent time to sawzall the fuel tank

Yes in deed, the 36 year old fuel tank started leaking a few days ago. What great timing! I mean, I was so bored with nothing to do before we left and I'm really excited that the boat gods decided to give me this project.

Even better is that the steel tank can't really be removed, so instead I got to empty it today and then spend hours with my Sawzall ripping this to shreds. The smell is horrible and probably cancerous, the work dangerous, and at best we'll be left with a fuel tank that's maybe 1/4 of the original size.

In all honesty, it's nice that this happened before we left for Mexico. This job, however, sucks. Thanks to Overmyhead who is actually on a Union Polaris 36 and went through the same problem a few months ago. He saved me some time and gave me the pro tips on how to best cut the steel.

The boat is fairly ripped up and will be until I can finish all of this tomorrow. Of course I have to be at work 8am tomorrow, but such is life. 

I'd make some reference to "when it rains, it pours", but that's a little too on the nose since it's going to rain for the next couple of days as well. 

Reader Comments (2)

My man just finished a job like that. We have a bunch of welding gear so it didn't prove to be too much of a hassel. We also have another fuel tank that hasn't been used in years because it needs replacing. Do we rip up the entire salon to fix it?????? Oh lordy the work!!! Good to have "handymen" on boats :) Good Luck!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

How did you inert the tank? I too am glad it happened in your home port. See you next week. Should I bring work gloves?

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Grandfather

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