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Re: Devastatingly sad video: "The End of The Dream"
I'm really confused. Did she not have the money for a proper repair or were the welders incompetent?
First off, to weld any metal boat you must remove a significant amount of the wood or plastic interior to reduce the fire hazard. Then grind back to enough metal to weld to, and obviously remove any fuel, if it is a tank.
It seemed the tank was clean and the metal around the tank was OK (the walls of the tank should have had enough material to weld to at the hull to get a good plate covering the bad area), so why not just replace the whole tank side hull plating, make the hull sound and build in a tank out of glass, plastic or a bladder into a frame inside the hull?
For that matter, the boat could be sailed with the hole in the tank to somewhere quality alloy welders were available (any oil rig would do and those boys would happily help a woman in distress, probably for free!), using a bladder tank or even jerry jugs to run the engine for the trip. That tank did not seem big enough to bother the boat if full of water instead of fuel.
Did I miss something in the video?
I'd hate to see the dream die for no good reason.
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