replacing starboard diesel tank

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  • September 16, 2011 1:01 PM
    Reply # 701734 on 699200
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    Thanks for those details, Tate.
  • October 03, 2011 11:22 AM
    Reply # 714225 on 700544
    Jack Webb wrote:
    Tate McDaniel wrote:
    I'll second buying a new tank from Bud.  He'll include the install procedure for you too...  

    I can't help notice that we haven't heard from Bud with regard to this issue. (Considering there are potential sales at stake, I find that somewhat surprising.)

    As for the "install procedure" to which your refer, and in lieu of various comments throughout this thread... should one assume that a) said procedure includes removal of the engine, and/or b) cutting up the tanks prior to removal? Has anyone purchased one of Bud's tanks and aware of the answer to this question?


    The removal procedure is described on Page G-2 of my Westsail Service Manual. (Not my fault some people do not bother to read my manual before tackling a project.)

    The new tanks I supply are described on page G-1.  They should be able to slide up in place without much problem, as I know it has been done on many W32's.


  • March 22, 2012 2:14 PM
    Reply # 866210 on 699200
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    I replaced the starboard tank with one of Buds on my hull #700 several years ago. The old tank had to be cut up to get it out but the new one went in ok. I had to remove the stbd cockpit drain but that's all, it took me and a helper several hours to get it in. I set it on a couple of pieces of 1/2" cutting board material to get it well up off the shelf since my old tank had pinholed because of water bridging from the shelf to the bottom of the tank. The new tank is narrower at the top so chocks are needed to brace it against the hull.
  • July 02, 2012 2:50 PM
    Reply # 992455 on 699200
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    I have removed both tanks from my westsail 32. Having a small Perkins Perama M30 engine and removed the teak deck I descided to remove the cockpit moulding and fit a custom made tank behind the engine over the stern gear. What a job! This removal of the moulding facilitated a complete refurbishment of the engine space and many ancillary systems. The following was achieved in about four months every evening and weekend;

    Installation of a 40 imperial gallon 316 s/steel tank fitted on glassed in beds, re-routing of exhaust system, creation of two lockers where old tanks where, re-piping of gas installation, refitting of bilge pump, complete refurbishment of cockpit moulding which included removal of rotten cockpit floor ply core and re-gelcoatting, refitting engine panel with install of Wema fuel gauge,resiteing engine controls, fitting extra boomkin tangs, new engine cut off etc etc. The object is to get the weight of the fuel in the centre and lower down in the vessel. The tank is so shaped to allow access to the stern gland etc with access through a deck hatch to the fuel shut off. In future I plan to create  quarter berth on the port side in place of one of the lockers. The project is now complete and I reserve judgement on it's success or otherwise as the weather has been so poor I've not had a sail this season yet. One big bonus is I can now remove the cockpit moulding if needed as it is now bolted in on sealing neoprene and totally waterproof. I also plan to fit a ten gallon header tank into the lazarette as a top up for the main tank.Wish me luck all I need now is fair weather....................

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