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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day Tanks (Fuel) are IN!

Got the day tanks installed this past weekend. This did not involve simply putting in the tanks. It also included the following:
  • the glasswork for the port side main salon framing. Previously they were simply fitted and glued in. They got the final glass work: 2 layers, both sides.
  • permanently glue and glass the primary bulkhead between the engine room and main salon. I had previously cut and fitted this and simply left it in place anticipating I might have to remove it to get anything "big" in through the cockpit floor for the aft cabin frame-in. Well, the aft cabin frame-in has started and the biggest pieces are already in (and they came in through the companionway). So, I dont need to worry about this bulkhead to move stuff in. Therefore, in it goes, permanently. Glass tabbing, 4 layers, both sides.
  • Cut, fit and install a sideboard piece for the dinette riser. Which also forms one wall for the tank space.
  • Install (glue and screw) tank support cleats for a snug fit and paint the tank space with Bilgekote.
Before installed, the 21 and 17 gallon aluminum tanks were protected with a high build two part epoxy primer. The prep and paint included sanding the tanks with 80 grit (using a D/A), applying Pettit Metal Prep 6455, followed by two coats of Pettit Protect 4700 epoxy primer. Elbow plumbing fittings were then installed and tanks mounted using thru-bolts to secure them to the framing. Theoretically, I should not need access the tanks again until final plumbing for fuel is done.
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