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Re: Seafarer 38 fuel tank replacement

The tank is out, what a job, tank resisted all the way, out broke two come- along handles in the process. Here's what I found. The tank was made of stainless steel and was in excellent condition, two baffles located equidistant from ends (about 20" apart) the tank was not fastened to the water-tank in any but relied on the tight fit to keep it from moving up+ down or side to side. They added extra layers of fiberglass to the aft end of the water-tank to keep it from sliding fore and aft. That extra glass was the cause of all the effort as it made the opening smaller than the tank, and this was not apparent until the tank was removed, this caused the tank to compress as it was winched aft. Only by cutting the rear end cap off, cutting the bottom allowing tank to compress was I able to move tank with come-along and then only a few inches at a time. the tank did have 37 years of sludge in it but no rust on inside and was very well made.The reason I was worried about the tank was that I thought it was a steel tank, it was painted and showed signs of rust on the bottom end cap. I don't know if fuel polishing would wave solved the sludge problem but I'm glad I didn't cut the cabin sole. Stay tuned for new tank installation.
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