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Old 18 March 2010, 16:08   #11
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400L tank, OMG! That's huge (it LOOKS huge). Maybe someone filled it for ballast reasons? It's a brute of a tank though - you'll be a massive potential fuel/air bomb if you fill the damn thing
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Old 18 March 2010, 16:35   #12
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Maybe someone filled it for ballast reasons?
yor neerer de troof thann yew fink popps.

dem rx botes forl ova onn ther syde wen de tannk starrts too gett emputy

firrst thay tryed chamferin orl de V owt ov de bakk harf ov de ull an wen dat didunt werk thay stuk a fewel tannk owt ov a tugg inn itt. stil didunt werk. crapp bote.

orlrite forr de drysewt gaiylawd brigayd tho

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Old 18 March 2010, 16:50   #13
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yor neerer de troof thann yew fink popps.

dem rx botes forl ova onn ther syde wen de tannk starrts too gett emputy

firrst thay tryed chamferin orl de V owt ov de bakk harf ov de ull an wen dat didunt werk thay stuk a fewel tannk owt ov a tugg inn itt. stil didunt werk. crapp bote.

orlrite forr de drysewt gaiylawd brigayd tho

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it must take you ages to type like that! There'll be no drysuits anywhere near it when it's done haha

the fuel tank was put in for a guy from Sark, used to go to England and back on one tank so he didn't have to pay extortionate uk petrol prices, typical mental Sarkee!
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Old 18 March 2010, 17:52   #14
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Are you going to be finished by May?
Its good to see a Rib out there amonst all the die hards.....
We're aiming to have it ready for May yeah, maybe still on the long leg though. 5 weeks to do a new fuel tank, deck, console and seating is plenty of time, just need to make sure my dad doesn't slack!
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That is a huge tank paul.
Did they remove the stringers in the length of the boat to fit it in?
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Old 19 March 2010, 14:10   #16
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I don't think so, i'll find out tomorrow when I go up with a few mates to lift it out... It's bloody heavy even empty! I've still got knackered ribs and my dad's recovering from a torn muscle in his arm so we couldn't do it, it's not worth damaging the tubes lifting it over. More pics tomorrow when it's out!
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The tank is out... after a few quick measurements and calculations it's around 420 litres!! Full up that would be the equivalent of carrying around 2 extra 200hp motors under the deck, no wonder the balance was a bit off!

Fr@nky it doesn't look like there were any stringers to remove in the first place. I think you may have them because they needed somewhere to mount the inboard motor.

There is a fair bit that had to be cut out to fit the tank though, and the workmanship doesn't look great. Not unsafe, just untidy. I'll be cleaning out the bilge tomorrow so we can start working out what we're going to do about a new fuel tank, and where we're going to fit it. It will be as low as possible and positioned in the best place for weight distribution. My dad has 40+ years of experience with stuff like this so I'll let him work it all out, and just do the donkey work and pay the bills

Unfortunately a bow tank looks to be out of the question, as there's some pretty elaborate mouldings up there that incorporate a bulkhead just aft of the hard nose, that we don't really want to start cutting up... Some nice trim tabs will be the next best thing though if the bow is too light in a head sea.

Can't wait to start cracking on! Shouldn't take long to sort a new tank and rebuild the deck, then the fun bit begins making a decent console
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The tank is out... after a few quick measurements and calculations it's around 420 litres!! Full up that would be the equivalent of carrying around 2 extra 200hp motors under the deck, no wonder the balance was a bit off!

Fr@nky it doesn't look like there were any stringers to remove in the first place. I think you may have them because they needed somewhere to mount the inboard motor.

There is a fair bit that had to be cut out to fit the tank though, and the workmanship doesn't look great. Not unsafe, just untidy. I'll be cleaning out the bilge tomorrow so we can start working out what we're going to do about a new fuel tank, and where we're going to fit it. It will be as low as possible and positioned in the best place for weight distribution. My dad has 40+ years of experience with stuff like this so I'll let him work it all out, and just do the donkey work and pay the bills

Unfortunately a bow tank looks to be out of the question, as there's some pretty elaborate mouldings up there that incorporate a bulkhead just aft of the hard nose, that we don't really want to start cutting up... Some nice trim tabs will be the next best thing though if the bow is too light in a head sea.

Can't wait to start cracking on! Shouldn't take long to sort a new tank and rebuild the deck, then the fun bit begins making a decent console
My god thats a big fuel tank
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HI Paul.

I think that the stringers in my xr20 are original, the inboard had his own place where it was mounted on.
I''m even not sure if the inboard engine was original.
I've attached a photo where you can see the stringers.
And one of the transom knees
I don't know if you have to reinforce your hull, if so, these could be of some use.
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