To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

The Water Tanks

See Water Tank Replacement for some back story.

We've started taking steps. This involves radical destruction.

First, get the anchor we've never used up and out of the bilge under the V-berth.

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We didn't even know we had this anchor until we'd owned the boat for about a year and found it there.

You can see the pile of chain that went with it. The chain is still useful, and the 150' of anchor rode is useful. But the Danforth wasn't really helpful.


It took me close to 30 minutes to wrestle it up out of there. So that's gone.

At the top of of the picture, there's the V-berth and you can just see the exposed top of the tank.

Here's the top of the tank.

Making the first cut involved a careful review.

"This is permanent. No going back," I said.

"We can't use the tank," CA replied. "It's always been leaking."

"Right. The space has always been wasted. This isn't something we'll ever regret and wish we hadn't removed the cover."

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CA is holding the first of piece of the tank top.

The Dewalt 20V reciprocating saw ("Sawzall") really really works.

The little battery-powered device did all the damage I wanted it to do.

It's a little touchy getting a cut started. It's not a jig saw with a skinny blade you can poke down through a hole you started with a drill. You either drill a hole the width of the blade, or, you start horizontally until you've cut a slot and can rotate the saw up to perpendicular.

Once it starts cutting, it goes through the metal quickly and cleanly. Even with the battery, it doesn't weigh very much, and is pretty nimble.


You can see the curved edges on the piece we removed. I still can't steer the damn thing. If I apply the least sideways pressure, the blade bends and turns. It's not a jig saw, so there's no easy way to turn back.

I've ordered a 5-pack of blades to make sure I can get through this.

I'll also being using the Fein MultiMaster, which has some plunge-cut blades for the hard-to-reach corners.

Once the cover is gone, I estimate we've got about 60 gallons of space under the V-berth.

The hard part is designing replacement tanks that can fit through the 21″×21″ hole to fill a triangle that's about 50″ long and 48″ wide at the base. We've got a stack of old cardboard Amazon boxes and tape standing by for the design work.

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These cold weekends are good for doing this kind of messy, sweaty work.