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Tanks are in

Posted by Bryan on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
The new tanks are now secured in place and waiting to be hooked up.  Here is how it happened:

Neoprene pads were put on with 5200.  Care was given to make sure there was complete coverage so that no water could sit between the pads and the tank.  This was done along the bottom and the sides of the tanks.
Then using 5200 and solid fiberglass board, spacers were put

Between the hull and the tanks.  The idea is to leave adequate air space around the tank so water never sits against the tank.


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Fuel Tanks

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, May 10, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
Who would have thought that finding somebody local would be impossible.  I live in the Toronto area and I gave up looking for somebody to build my fuel tanks.  I found places that welded aluminum, but they really didn't have any experience making marine grade fuel tanks.

I finally found a place in New Jersey called Speedy Tanks. I had direct contact with the owner.  They build everything to ABYC and Coast Guard Specs and beyond.  Very nice people.  I get stuck with an extra shipping bill, but ...
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Fuel Tank mock ups

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
Taking a page from "The Incredible Hull" website, I built some cardboard mock ups of the new fuel tanks for measuring.

Based on my calculations, the 2 tanks should be about 35 and 30 gallons.  65 total from the old 80 gallon space.
But it will also have a nice bilge pump location.  Now to send away the measurements and get a quote.
If anybody wants my measurements, let me know

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Bilge Area redone

Posted by Bryan on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
I finished getting the bilge built up under the center fuel tank.  Thanks to the advise of Gerry and some other contacts, it came out as I had hoped.  Now to build mock up fuel tanks out of cardboard to be built. (more on that later).

I ended up using 2 gallons of 105 epoxy with 2 cans of the extra slow hardener.  Then about 8 lbs of sand.  It mixed up to about 6 gallons.(in 2 separate batches.)  I used 8 feet of deck board as well as filler in the epoxy.  

1.   Put a thin, 1" layer of epoxy/Sa...
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Center Fuel Tank Redesign

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, April 12, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
I have scraped, washed, ground, washed, and spent way too much time in my stinky bilge.  But it is now ready for the next step.

 I have now had 30 different ideas on how to rebuild the keel fuel tank.  I have been changing my mind daily on the best approach.  

First thing that must be done is fix the curve at the bottom.  I like what "The Incredible Hull" has done.  But he has a cheaper source of epoxy than I do and I priced out epoxy to do my job and it came to over $1,000.  Which seemed a was...
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Whitby 42 Fuel Tank

Posted by Bryan on Monday, March 26, 2012, In : Fuel tanks 
I finally got up the nerve to tackle to center fuel tank of the Whitby 42.  The dreaded tank.  It was originally put in and packed with expand-a-foam to hold it in place.  Then fiberglassed over.  If water ever gets in past the fiber glass, it pits and corrodes the tank.  From pictures I took through a hatch I cut in the tank, I knew mine was not in good shape.   Another problem was the black sludge in the bottom.  I couldn't clean it out because of the baffles.  Very annoying.  But now the t...
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Bryan Haas

Please feel free to contact me! I grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake sailing and fishing. I was paid to work, sail, race, and sometimes live on a 51' Hinkley (they didn't really need to pay me but they offered!). I am a high school science teacher who likes to learn by doing. Used to teach at "The Sound School" in New Haven Ct. Check it out, the most amazing on- the- water school there is. I have rebuilt smaller boats from scratch, but nothing on this scale. This is an adventure. All help is greatly appreciated.

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