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Old 08-19-2018, 09:37 AM   #12
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City: Philadelphia, PA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Revel
Vessel Model: 1984 Fu Hwa 39
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 999
On our '84 FuHwa, purchased in 2016, we had the severe blistering milled and relaminated, then barrier coated. Looks like a real boat bottom three years on.

Our steel fuel tanks were glassed on the outside and bare steel on the interior. They were enclosed and inaccessible except for an inspection port on the side of each tank. One lasted until 2017, 33 years, before springing a leak. The other lasted two more months before we had it removed. New custom aluminum tanks installed having reduced the fuel capacity of each tank from 177 gal. to 81 gal. $12k.

I agree with those who say wait for the disaster. Cleanup was pretty awful, gave me contact dermatitis which was also pretty awful. However, diesel evaporates so the smell was gone in a couple weeks.
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