Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Tank Template Blog #162

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Back on track. It’s fuel tank time. I have the styrofoam template mock-up complete and I will try to fit the whole thing into the tank hold. The trick with doing this is the material that the mock-up is made of.  It’s styrofoam.  If I push too hard it will bend and I’ll be able to fit it but metal will not bend so I have to be very careful.  If I push even harder it will break – not good. Not good at all. Bad even.

At the end of the expedition, I did manage to get the mock-up positioned correctly in the hold. Making a template based off of the large end proved to be the correct idea. The template fit just as sweet as sweet can be.

Now that i know I have a workable mock-up, I can take it back to welder-dude and we can start on the real thing. The aluminium tank. I will be using 3/16 5050 grade aluminium. This is suitable for  the marine environment and probably a bit thicker gauge than necessary but I want these puppies to out-last me. Fortunately for who ever owns this boat after me, the grunt work of replacing the tanks has been done. It’ll be pretty straight forward to create new ones.

As always, fair winds following seas, and God bless.

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