I’m juggling about five different mini-projects now to get the V-berth head (AKA the Throne Room) ready for fiberglass and paint. The first thing I’m dealing with is replacing temporary 2×4 wooden floor supports in the galley with proper metal ones.
These galley floor supports are 1-1/2″ 6061 aluminum angle that I had welded up a while back. Looking at the weld quality–penetration looks good, but not exactly a stack of dimes–I think I’m doing at least comparable work to what the local “pros” do with my new AlphaTIG on both stainless fuel inlet tubing and aluminum fuel tanks. I’m sure they’ll hold up, they’re just not pretty…same as mine! 😉 Anyway, I’ll leave the aluminum bare, but need to protect it where it contacts the wood. Condensation in crevasses will quickly eat the metal, so sealing it up is essential.
I have eight of these to install.
Sikaflex on each screw will keep water out of the screw hole so I don’t get crevasse corrosion where stainless meets aluminum.
Access is blocked by the water tank, so I’m bolting these in rather than welding them to the original framing. Poor planning on my part, but hey…I’m an amateur doing this stuff on weekends, and I had the water tank out eight years ago. Who knew how this was going to turn out way back then??? 🙂
After installing two more supports on either side of the water tank, I had to slide the 65-gallon holding tank back into position. The holding tank is that big white box in the background in the pic above. But before I did that, I had to cut a hole for the pump out plumbing.
This was an off-the-shelf tank, and the inlet and outlet ports were in the wrong places. The standard 1-1/2″ pumpout ports are mounted on the side, near the bottom of the tank. The problem with a side discharge is that, when the tank is being pumped out, as soon as the contents of the tank drop to the top of the discharge pipe, air gets in and stops the suction. On this tank, I’d end up losing ~10% of the tank capacity from the fluid that could never be pumped out. So it’s best to orient the pumpout port from the top and have the pipe inlet down on the bottom of the tank.
Using this approach gets all but a gallon or so out of the tank.
I can finish up the rest of the plumbing for the pumpout any time. Getting the pipe installed with the elbow had to happen before the galley floors go back in. And don’t forget…I’m putting in the pumpout fittings because I need to get the portholes installed so I can splash the boat later this year and take it around to my home port!
Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Fuel Tank tabs And Insulation