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Fuel leak in the steel keel tank

When the boatyard recently moved SV Oceandrifter, the aft edge of the keel collided with obstacle, nicking the paint and causing a pinhole leak!

About 400 litres of diesel drained out (and was collected)

This was perhaps a happy accident - the boat is new to me and I was still working on repairing the 26 holes in the steel hull and deck. The boat, a Chevrier 36, is extremely well constructed with galvanized steel decks and stainless steel cockpit, as well as heavy winches and a 60 HP Perkins.

I'm making a series of videos showing the damage, investigation, repairs and what's been learned.

Video 1: vimeo.com/263457664
Video 2: vimeo.com/261448300
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Re: Fuel leak in the steel keel tank

Video link for me doesn’t work!


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Re: Fuel leak in the steel keel tank

So your boat stores its diesel inside the keel, fascinating. You mentioned that you had fresh water leaking out first, so did your keel already have a hole elsewhere before?

That gate valve is in a hell of a spot. Having to unrivet the table and pull up 80 bolts before you can check it. Yikes. Hopefully there aren't any others elsewhere on the boat that need attention.

Sorry I don't really have any suggestions or helpful comments, I've been sailing most of my life but my knowledge about larger boats and their various systems is rather narrow.

interesting videos, i'll definitely be checking back to see how you're progressing. Good luck with the repairs!
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Re: Fuel leak in the steel keel tank

Hi,

sorry you've had this problem - I know how frustrating it is when links aren't working. I just re-tested the links myself and both opened with the videos. May I ask you to please try again?

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