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Deisel Holding Tanks


Beauregard André (Guest)

I have a W-32, my fuel tanks are leaking. Should I replace them or simply repair them. They are made of steel


Peter Sherman

Andre,
I have a new never installed aluminum port side fuel tank that I've offered to Bud; it is for the 32 without the cockpit locker so I need to exchange it for the smaller one as I have the locker. I wouldn't repair a steel tank as pinholes begin and don't end.
Peter


Beauregard André (Guest)

Could you tell me what you mean by cockpit locker Is it the lazarette at the rear. Since I'm in the Montréal region in Canada could you tell how much you want for the tank and where I can get the starboard side tank to complete everything
Thank you
André


Beauregard André (Guest)

I have no news from you clould you tell me how much you want for the tank & how you intend to send it?


Michael Dougan

When Bud checks in, I'm sure he'll be able to steer you towards a soltion, as he's helped others replace theirs... I'm interested in this topic too, as one of my tanks might be leaking too.


Peter Sherman

Andre,
Sorry about the delay I was waiting for Bud to check in from his vacation. If the cost to send tank from CT, US to Montreal works out to be reasonable; if you save money and I offset the cost of the tank I need then it's win-win. Otherwise it may make more sense for me to sell tank closer to home and for you to get one fabricated locally. Also I would defer to Bud for price as he knows the replacement cost.
Peter


Peter Sherman

Andre,
I forgot to answer locker question; my understanding is the later 32's had a locker insert in the mold on the port side of the cockpit. This would be in addition to the lazarette. If you don't have this locker the tank will fit, if you do have this locker the tank will be too tall.
Peter


Bud Taplin
(Member)

I am finally back from vacation, and available to answer questions. However it seems that you Westsail owners have been doing a good job in answering them for me.

Andre: It is probably not worth it to try to repair a 25 year old steel fuel tank. Better to have a new aluminum one made. I do make new ones, but the one offered to you by Peter does make sense. The shipping cost alone would be much less from his location.

Bud


Beauregard André (Guest)

I am interested by the port tank that you are proposing, it semmes that it fit because I don't have the locker you are talking about. I'D like to know the price with the shipping, could you verify and let me know, I,ll be in a better position to take a dicision
Many thanks to everyone in this
André Beauregard


Bud Taplin
(Member)

Andre,

A new aluminum fuel tank for the port side of a Westsail 32 is $350.00, plus shipping. Freight to the East Coast of the US usually is about $35.00 to $40.00. I don't know what the cost would be to Canada, or the paperwork, duty, etc., required. If you want sight gauge fittings installed in the tank, that adds another $25.00 to the cost.

Bud


Beauregard André (Guest)

Thank you very much I'm going to inquire about building one here as you adviced me. I have the plans in your book. I'll let you know about my decision in a near future.
Thank you all


Michael Dougan

Bud, I got a look at the tanks on Nereus, Steve and Vanessa's boat... I think he said they came from you. His tank had a glass tube plumbed out from the tank... is that the sight gauge that you're talking about? And, is the extra charge just for the fittings, or for the gauge as well?

I'm looking to replace my starboard tank in the not too distant future (as soon as I finish burning out the 25-30 gallons of fuel I have left), but don't know how much more plumbing I'd have to do. My current setup seems pretty basic... I've got the fill hose, another fitting next to that which is probably a vent, and one on the other end of the tank that is probably the outflow.... and I think that's it. Steve's looked a lot more complicated.


Bud Taplin
(Member)

Michael,

The fittings you described are normally on a tank. On a new tank I also install a return fitting next to the pickup fitting, so it can be used with all modern engines that have a return system to the tank (the original Volvo's do not). The pickup fitting is on the top of the tank, with a tube going down. Not so with the original tanks, as they had the outlet on the bottom. That is no longer recommended in case of a failure of the hose.

The sight gauge setup has pipe fittings welded on the side of the tank, one near the top and the other near the bottom. Valves are screwed into these fittings, and a heavy wall plastic tube is between them. The valves can be shut off if necessary, and the lower one also has a petcock to drain off fuel or water if necessary. This setup adds $25.00 to the cost of a new tank.

Bud


Michael Dougan

That sounds great Bud. I probably won't get around to this job until Spring. How much lead time would you need?


Bud Taplin
(Member)

My tank manufacturer takes about a week to make up an order of tanks, and allow another week in shipping.


Beauregard André (Guest)

Message to Peter Sherman
HI, I'm still interested in the tank. Did you foud out the price of shipping to Montréal your tank by bus, train or truck, by private trucker, if they voyage often to Montréal they can charge less than expected to bring the tank with them. Me on my side 250$+ travalling will be perfect if travelling cost is reasonnable. A 300$ for everything soud Ok
Let me know your

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