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Re: Fuel tank longevity
We just pulled ours (1994 PSC34) and it still looked new. The previous owners had pulled it about 10 years ago and had it prepped (alodine, I think) and painted. He had also installed a support under the tank (some PVC) so that it did not rest on the stainless keel bolts. Lastly, he installed a small diameter hose under the tank (lowest point in the bilge) connected to a water pump (like the one in the pressure water system). This pump is connected to a manual switch that I run after a sail for a minute or so to drain the water out of the bilge, which keeps the underside of the fuel tank dry.
The normal bilge pump hose is too big to get the last inch or so of water out of there, but the little pump works pretty well. The discharge hose is also clear so I can see when all the water has been sucked out.
Brian & Marya
Pacific Seacraft 34
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