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Re: First 375 help needed!

Originally Posted by dedzaboy View Post
Oops. Propeller shaft. Sorry.
The prop-shaft on our boat (aux-powered by a 4-108) is 30mm.

On the First series yachts, the original buyers had a choice of the flexible water tanks or stainless steel tanks (albeit at extra cost). Our yacht, delivered in Europe and sailed back to the US on its own bottom, has flex tanks. Our sister-ship, manufactured at the same time as ours and only 15 hull numbers apart, has the optional stainless steel tanks. If you have the flex tanks, a couple of things will be helpful. Firstly, place a layer of "Dri-Dek" interlocking decking tiles under the bladder that will allow air to circulate around and under the tank. If any moisture does make its way under the bladder, one does not want it trapped. Further, it is helpful to add a couple of 2" or better webbing tie-down straps across the mid-sections of the tanks with plastic bayonet clips to free them if necessary. These will help hold the tank securely when full in a seaway and will relieve some of the stress on the corner tabs of the tanks themselves.

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