Removing the gas tanks from Tony's boat or any boat is a tough job.
They are locked in by foam and there is only about one inch of working space between the tank and the coffin.
The best tool is a sawzall. We had two 12 inch blades tack welded together to make a blade 16 inches long. This made the separation along the walls.
This is the big tank and it was easier than the small tank. For the small tank we could only work from the top. Once it was removed then we had access to the bottom edge of the larger tank so prying it loose was not as tough.
There is a lot less to do on this job as compared to my boat last year. Tony's boat had solid floors, transom and bow casting platform. Now what remains is for Pete Johnston to do all the fiberglass patch work which is pretty extensive and then sand everything to make it ready for Awl Grip paint.
When it comes back from paint at Perfect 10 paint shop we will put her back together.
It is a tough job to remove the tanks but we came up with a new innovative tool. We spot welded two 12 inch sawzall blades together to make a total of 16 inches. This blade was able to cut all the way to the bottom of the tank coffin and free the tank. We just had to pry bar it to break it free from the underlying foam.
We are having Phil from Alloy Welding in Farmingdale making the new tank along with the new bow rail and console handrail.
Another great day at the shop.