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