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post #9 of Old 07-08-2013
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Re: Bilge improvment

I have a PSC 34 (scheel keel) so I think the shape of my fuel tank is different.

However, the previous owner had epoxied a PVC pipe between the keel bolts to keep the tank away from them. The aft most region, had no PVC (space too tight?) and when I pulled my tank two days ago, I found two corrosion pits. There was obvious electrolysis on the aft bolts.

I've had the spots repaired and new aluminium welded over the entire aft portion to about 1" above the waterline evident on the fuel tank.

I'll then paint the entire tank bottom again.

Obviously, some bilge water collects in the aft section. I must keep the central bilge dry as possible to prevent that.

My question to all of you is whether there is logic in me epoxying over the keel bolts. Seems to me if I ever need access to them, I can (with difficulty) remove the epoxy. However, wouldn't this stop the two metals from reacting?

Bob Steneck
Alaria PSC 34
Christmas Cove, Maine
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