As part of my rehab of the boat, I was planning to replace the fuel tank before repowering with new diesels.  We cut the deck out and began by cutting the top off the tank.  What we found was the the existing tank was in really good condition. Never expected that.  There was no softness anywhere and I cleaned it w acetone 3 times today.  We are going to leave it in place and glass all the parts back in.  

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In my opinion

You've gone thru all the trouble of cutting the deck and the glass tank , you should probably stick to your original plan and replace the tank .

You'll never get this kind of access to this area like you do now .

Plus for the amount of glass work it will take to re glass the orig tank (and the likelihood that you'll not get rid of all the contamination with in the area that your beveled seams will be) you could skip all of that labor and fit a brand new Aluminum tank in there .

Do early fiberglass Chris Craft fuel tanks have a history of failure?  I'm new here, but from my reading, Chris Craft used the "tank coating" method for building early fiberglass boats.  That was from the method developed for underground gasoline tanks, to keep them from blistering, using a high-grade resin on the outer (or inner in the case of tanks) layer of fiberglass.  Seems like that would continue to hold up, especially if converting to diesel.  I've read ethanol is not great for glass tanks.

Hi Jeremy.  It's funny, After writing that yesterday, I woke up today with that exact thought and have decided on the new, and larger, aluminum tank. Tank will be gone today.  

Thanks for comment.

Jeremy Goldstein said:

In my opinion

You've gone thru all the trouble of cutting the deck and the glass tank , you should probably stick to your original plan and replace the tank .

You'll never get this kind of access to this area like you do now .

Plus for the amount of glass work it will take to re glass the orig tank (and the likelihood that you'll not get rid of all the contamination with in the area that your beveled seams will be) you could skip all of that labor and fit a brand new Aluminum tank in there .

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 Reply by Steve Durkee January 1, 2020

Happy New Year

I've been working on the tank project along with several other cockpit items.  Pretty much a gut job of the cockpit.  Bud Luther is working on my tank as well and is a great resource.  Seems to be the go to guy here in RI.  

Removed the old glass tank and cleaned out the foam and make this template for him.  He had good advice about mounting.  I extended the length to add about 30 more gallons.  Plan to be installing later this spring.  

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Steve... Update.  is the tank in and whats going on with power?

Hey Russell.  I have slacked terribly on keeping up on sharing my progress.  My bad.  I have ben taking lots of vids/pics so there will be a huge info dump soon.  That said, I've made some good progress.  The new aluminum tank is finished fabrication this Fri!  230 gals!  Have built all the supports and painted the hell out of the whole bilge. Hope to put it in within the next couple weeks.

Re power, have gone all in and am putting in new Yanmar 4LV250's (saw them at the NE Boat show last week). Old Port Marine in Newport will do the install.  Meanwhile, the cabin walls/bulkhead are all demo'd and templated and am ready to fab the new walls. First Light is the guiding light on this one. Have talked to Tim Clarke and he was very helpful. Anyway, will get some pics up soon and plan to be in the water early July.  

Will get some pics up soon.

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Steve... Update.  is the tank in and whats going on with power?

Can't wait for the photos... where did you find the room for the 230 Gallons ???  is the water tank gone?  increasing from 85 is going to change the weight / balance too. that will increase the loaded weight by about 1100lbs.  I guess most boats this size carry a few thousand pounds of extra stuff anyway! 

I have my motors out and I have spoke with the fab shop in RI I believe it is Luther's for a new fuel tank. Can I ask you what you painted your bilge with and possibly some pictures of how where you cut your deck for the removal. I'm still alittle bit hesitant to cut if up uhhg.

Hey all.  I've been working on my project for about 6 months and am about to install the new fuel tank. As well as new bulkhead/cabin wall, motors etc.  My bad for not posting pictures sooner which I had planned to do.  So here we go.  

Here's the boat after moving from OH to RI.  Sitting in Portsmouth RI.  Arch is down.

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The hull has been cleaned up with minor repairs, bottom barrier coat and bottom paint done.  

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Getting ready to remove cabin wall sn and walls gone.

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