Crazy Fish was built and delivered in 1989.
The fuel tanks installed then did not have tabs at the top to sit. The tank sat in the bilge and has 2 rods across the
top that hold it in place.
In 1998 I noticed some diesel in the bilge - this was about a month after our planned departure date to head south into Mexico. There 3 holes in the base of the tank toward the front each about the size of the pencil lead in a standard wooden pencil.
My metal guy was not interested in repairing it, stating that standard practice was just to build a new one and suggested someone in San Diego North County to do the work - also commented that he felt the the tank should be made out of thicker aluminum.
The tank still had a sticker on it for the original builder of the tanks who was located in Huntington Beach, CA. He built a new one for me in couple of weeks after getting permission from Pacific Seacraft who were still in Fullerton at the time. The new one came with the tabs which I cut off prior to the install.
Before installing the tank I cut up some 7mm(1/4") neoprene into strips and layed them down over the top of the keel boats to isolate the keel boats from the aluminum tank. Once the tank was installed, we packed up the boat and headed south.
When I was installing the NMEA2000 network on the boat about 2 years ago I also removed a lot of dead wire. In the process I pulled the tank out so that I could get to the wires that were run under the starboard settee. The tank had a bit of corrosion on the bottom, the neoprene was still in tack and there were a couple of rusted stainless screws that were likely dropped into the bilge at some point and not recovered and came to sit adjacent to the fuel tank.
So at some point I am likely to replace it again. Have lost the address of the vendor in Huntington Beach but I think he is out of business at this point or at least relocated as I spent some time in Google Maps searching the area where they were located without success. Also drove around the area at some point.
When I remove that I will move the port for the level indicator to the center of the tank and install sender that can be tied into the NMEA 2000 system.
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(Just noticed yesterday I have not posted any updates to website since 2013 - I a, going to take the camera to the boat this weekend)