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Re: looking for info on replacing the water tank on a t30
The biggest issue with this type of job is always going to hinge on accessibility.. Are the tanks built in to the extent that demolition is required to R&R?.. Is there access and reasonable routing for water lines? Are stock tanks available that will 'fit'?
In many cases the answers to these questions will not be positive. If demo is needed, how big a deal is reassembly? If cutting out moulded liners is called for, getting back to the original appearance will be tough. The older Tartans are more likely to be partially 'stick built' which should help, but casing out all these issues ahead of time and having a plan is where you should start.
Failing metal tanks are most problematic, I think. A friend had rotten steel fuel tanks.. Because of the way the boat was built he had to zip cut the old out in pieces, and then had to reinstall much less tankage due to the poor access and inability to slip similar tanks back in place.
Ask during the survey... The surveyor should be able to point out these kinds of issues and may suggest a viable plan.
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