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Monday, June 21, 2010

Dive Tank Locker is In!

And it ain't comin' out! Constructed from fiberglass tubing, coosa, glass and epoxy. Thru-bolted, glued, leak tested. Still needs a permanent lid and some paint (which will happen when the deck is refinished). I will let the slide show speak for itself. Generally everything went according to plan, with just a couple hiccups (nothing that couldn't be easily recovered from).

With this construction technique proven, I will follow a similar plan for the construction of the propane tank lockers. In fact I have a couple ideas to make that project easier. More on that later.

Design Note: While this locker was "planned" it was not high on the feature list. We are divers (occasionally) and expect to do more in the future. But, simply put, the layout of the boat revealed a dead space in this area that could not be easily accessed from the inside, so this is how we chose to use that space. When not carrying tanks, the lockers could be used as a typical lazarette, holding coils of line, fenders, etc.

6 comments:

RichC said...

Gotta love the "his" and "hers" added touch! Wish I lived closer and could talk you into my dropping in for a visit! Enjoy watching you work. Keep up the steady progress.

The Incredible Hull said...

Very nice. Re the LPG locker, do you plan to size them to fit the new type LP Gas Fiberglass Tanks.

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robert said...

I really want to use the fiberglass composite tanks, but I do not have enough side deck width. As it is, I will need to use two 10 lb aluminum or steel tanks instead of one standard 20 lb cylinder (whatever construction). A compromise I am willing to accept.

Bill K said...

If you are not able to get at that area later, why did you put all those hose clamps and connections like you did ?

I would be afraid they may become loose at a later date or a hose go bad.

Bill Kelleher

robert said...

Bill, already thought of that. The thru-hull and hose clamps will be accessible via a cabinet door (future). It is the missle silos themselves that will have limited accessiblity. Even so, they will be fully accessible with the removal of a panel or two.

Bill K said...

LOL
I should have known better with the way you plan things ahead.

Bill Kelleher