ten days to go: excellent time to sawzall the fuel tank
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 22:11
Eric in diesel, maintenance, tools

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. 

Update on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 20:27 by Registered CommenterEric

Well the tank is gutted open and relatively clean and the diesel smell has more or less vanished from the boat. With eight days to go, here's the status:

- No diesel tank, but I sort of sized one the best I could and ordered a little 20 gallon unit from West Marine. Should be enough to get the job done until we get to Mexico and can do a real repair. 

- Cap shroud chain plates are all pulled and should have them by Monday, with cap shrouds and back stay showing up by Tuesday. Pop the lower aft and intermediate stays that day, have them back on by Thursday.

- Somewhere in there I need to refasten the bowsprit spreaders down to the sprit itself. 

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