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Old 10-18-2012, 10:02 PM   #41
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Aside from the integrity issues, the owner has passed up the ultimate opportunity to redecorate (clean) his bilge and engine room area.

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Old 10-19-2012, 05:24 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by Marin View Post
I'm not sure why anyone would opt to cut the hull of a GB to remove fuel tanks.
It had to have been one of those "it seemed like a good idea at the time things" because the work required to replace the plug properly and regain the structural strength of the original layup is very time consuming and tedious and expensive.

My questions to the glass contractor would be; how did you maintain temperature and humidity during the entire layup, show me the peel test samples, show me the layup schedule, verify the taper, verify the materials used. Considering the loads imposed on that part of the hull, it seems a very foolish way to remove the tanks.

I think that boat has lost most of its value because of that process.

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Old 10-24-2012, 08:24 AM   #43
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Follow-up for those that ever undertake engine removal themselves (as opposed to using professionals)...BE SURE to lift the engine completely off the motor mounts prior to the main lift up. My bolts were embedded in the stringers and prevented a gradual lift/shift/slide to allow the vertical lift by the boom truck out the hole in the roof. Removing the transmission first reduced the effort and made the whole process much easier. Cutting the hole aft of the permanent center wood roof brace however made the lift angle less than ideal. Be prepared to pull/push the engine forward out of the open hatch area and then swing the boom aft to come out the hole. Learned a lot and cost less than $500 for the boomtruck. Hopefully, the install will benefit from lessons learned during removal. Thanks again to all those that responded!

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