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02-25-2014 12:46 PM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

We replaced our tank last year- It was fun... I have a bunch of pics that I will post a link to in the next few days- have been meaning to do this for awhile now... in the meantime here's a couple-

The parquet does come off pretty easily. We found that parts of it were screwed down (look for the plugs). On ours there was a .0125" luan (or similar marine grade) sub-floor; then the fiberglass. We put masking tape over the parquet "tiles" before lifting them to help keep them together for putting them back- it helped; but it was still a puzzle getting them back in (and glued down).

Technically we still need to finish/re-finish the floor as we have some missing trim pieces, etc-

Like I said I will get some addl pics posted asap...

02-25-2014 05:11 AM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

I would bet the floor section that was removed previously is supported by wood blocks on each side that are screwed into the adjacent framing, as that is how I found minde when I bought it. You can use a mirror and flashlight to look under the floor to see how yours is attached.
02-24-2014 10:24 PM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

Hi - I am about to undertake replacing the fuel tank in my newly acquired 1981 E32. It looks like this was done once before, cut lines filled in with varnish running from the aft floor hatch to the engine compartment. Can anyone shed some light on the best way to take up the teak parquet without destroying it? I am guessing the parquet has to come off first giving access to however the fiberglass floor section was reattached - screws I hope! Any hints or suggestions on how to attack this would be appreciated.
s/v Agave Illusion
Shark River, NJ
08-14-2013 05:13 AM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

Hey there, Andy!

Well... The newly manufactured Florida Marine Tank (original mfg) arrived last week- and I am awaiting final install as I write this.... In the meantime we have been busy taking down walls and ceiling panels, re-bedding the bowsprit, winches, and other leaky items...replacing the cabin lights with LED's, and other "stuff"...

I am hoping to get her in the water in the next week or so and have hopefully 2 full months with her this season....

Oh yeah- we have new cushions just waiting to be installed...

I will post pics once we get her in the water...

Hope you are well and sounds like 7 years is a ripe old age for a battery- (which is one of the last things I need to buy...)

08-11-2013 11:20 AM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

How is the tank replacement project coming, Andy?

I've been away from my boat for about a month and came back to dead dead batteries. Dadgummit. They were about 7 years old, though, so it's a good time to replace them and get the solar charging setup I've been procrastinating......once it cools back down a bit.
06-26-2013 05:57 AM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

I heard from a few folks with great suggestions including Roger Long- his fuel tank and polishing system on Strider is simply amazing-

We have decided to go with the original mfg- Florida Marine Tanks- It will mean waiting until end of July for the tank; but it will be the right tank for the boat...which in the end will be best for our peace of mind, resale, etc.

It sure does bite delaying our getting her on the water, but at least we're getting out sailing on friends' boats-

...Now there are those ports, hatches, chain plates and stanchions that need re-bedding, interior trim tweaks, locker painting, cabin lighting, various nick and scratch repair, painting the bilge & engine bay; mast paint and re-wire.....and, and, and....
06-24-2013 09:05 PM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

Hey Andy - what a dilemma.......I know the feeling of wanting to go sailing now! vs. waiting for parts, and it bites! It is hard to imagine there being a big difference in how stable the Plan B tank would be once it was installed, and if there is only a 2 gallon difference in the capacity of the tank, why not opt for the more immediate solution? Even if you end up carrying a 2 gal jerry can "just in case" I doubt you'll ever notice the difference in tank capacity.

Just my two cents.

Awesome job with the illustrations, too.

Let us know which way you decide to go.
06-20-2013 09:02 PM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

Hi Everyone-

Our original plan hit a bit of a snag. It turns out the keel/bilge area was not as wide on the bottom of the aft section as I thought (this was not apparent until the sole was cut and the old tank removed). The poly tank we intended to use will not fit in the space available.

I have located a nice 20gl tank that will fit in the space- and it's now part of our Plan B. I am hoping to get some feedback on this from the wise Sailnet community.

While the tank will fit in the space- it is not designed to fit "in" the space. Mounting, weight distribution, etc- are somewhat of a concern- although I think in the bigger scheme of things perhaps not a major concern as long as it's mounted "correctly". (We would be having the local marina do this).

We would like to get the boat in the water sooner rather than later- and I can get the replacement tank installed probably within a week- versus more like 5-7 weeks to wait for and have the fabricated tank installed... Having said that, we do want to do it right... just don't know if our "Plan B" is wrong...

Please take a look and let me know what you think. Plan B, or Plan C?

06-07-2013 05:55 AM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

Well the good news is we've finally gotten our E32 closer to home so we can spend time working on her.

Here's our general plan for replacing the tank. The first picture is a bit skewed but you get the idea. We're having a marina do much of the install- We'll mostly be dealing with putting the sole back in after the repair, bilge cleaning/painting, etc- We're only losing 3 gallons of capacity- which for the price ($150 on Amazon...) is pretty decent.

E32 Tank Replacement Plan

Actually getting her in the water and sailing her before July would be nice....
05-23-2013 02:47 PM
Re: Replacing Fuel Tank in E32

I also have the fuel tank located aft of the engine on the port side. I find that with a full tank of fuel I get a port side list. It's even worse when I have been too lazy to empty the holding tank until last minute.

I have moved my house batteries to the space under the sole. I imagine I still have enough room down there to put a flexible fuel tank forward of the batteries. It would be nice to get that 200 lb lower and more forward.
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