Boat Yard LVII
I have finished the lid all except installing the threaded inserts for the access panel covers. To the left is a picture of the lid with one coat of tinted resin on it. I decided to use tinted resin and gel coat to color the tank instead of painting it. That way I don't have to worry about the paint pealing or cracking. To the right is a picture of the tank with the tinted resin. It looks pretty good in the picture, but it is actually a little rougher than it appears. I didn't bother filling the fabric completely on the last layer just because it will be below decks and cosmetics aren't that important for a fuel tank.
To the left is a picture of the threaded inserts going into the tank lid for the access panel covers. To the right is a view of the fittings all installed and the access cover plates all screwed down. Now I just have to get the lid installed on the tank.
To the left is a picture of the brackets I molded onto the bottom of the tank to help prevent fore and aft movement of the tank. To the right is a picture of the lid all glued and screwed. It's almost ready to go into the boat!
I got my water tanks the other day, and now I have to build a shelf for them to sit on. In the picture to the left you can see how they sit on the bilge planks, and to the right I have one of the shelves roughed in on the port side. I have to make these shelves pretty strong because the tanks are 52 gallons each so there will be a lot of weight on the shelf.