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Friday, October 17, 2008

Gee, Tanks!

Fuel and freshwater tanks arrived this week. Custom made by Coastline Equipment in Bellingham, WA. These guys make great stuff. They have a whole shop devoted to fabircating tanks of all types and materials. All tanks have good quality welds, reinforced corners, baffels, and are pressure tested and certified. All at a very reasonable price.
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation
The fuel tanks, 5 total, are made of aircraft grade 5052 aluminum. Each includes 8 inch inspection ports, tank level senders, and fuel supply/return dip tubes. Total fuel capacity, including the two day tanks: 250 US gallons. The freshwater tanks, three total, are made from 304 stainless steel. Each includes fill, outlet and vent ports as well as an 8 inch inspection port and tank level senders. Total capacity: 145 US gallons.
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation
The large 98 gallon center fuel tank could have been larger as the space allows for it. But, while I could have installed such a tank now through cockpit floor, once the boat is finished, the tank could never be removed without cutting it up (it would be too big to fit throught the companionway). I have to assume these tanks might be removed in the future (hopefully never). Anyway, this leaves some space underneath the center fuel tank for which I have a plan (more on that later). So, the next few weeks will be spent trimming the final tank fitment, installing a couple cleats, painting the tanks (fuel tanks only), and some initial plumbing. When all is said and done, tanks should be in!
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation

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