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Just acquired a well maintained 1979 Cal 29. However the original 20 gal tank leaks. After inspecting the area dimensions, it seems as if the aft cabin compartment walls need to be removed in order to get the tanks in and out. Does anyone have any first hand experience with this?
In 1999 we had to replace the fuel tank on our, then, 1976 Cal 2-29. Removing the old tank and installing the new required the removal of a portion of the longitudinal bulkhead between the engine compartment and the port quarterberth. One must leave enough of the bulkhead in place around the edges of the cut-out to allow one to install backing plates to the edges of the opening when it is time to reinstall the cut-out. One thing to keep an eye on is he support base for the tank which must be very sturdy. Also, one does not want the tank to rest flush against the transverse bulk-head between the engine compartment and the stern locker or it will be subject to wear and potentially corrosion. We had an approxmately 18 gallon stainless steel tank made up that just fit through the cut-out though that effort was a trial. The 18 gallons gave us roughly 36 hours of running time on our Yanmar 2GM20F engine or a powered range of about 180 miles.
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Last edited by svHyLyte; 10-20-2010 at 10:43 AM.
Reason: Correct Typo's