The bilge had not seen the light of day since the build in 1984 so there was quite a lot of mess and sludge. I scooped out what i estimated to be 30kg of mess and this explained the old boat smell. I scrubbed it all back degreased cleaned and ground it all back to clean fibreglass before painting the bilge with a two pack paint. I also took advantage of the space under the floors to re route all the electric cables through tubes so I know where everything is.
After taking the fuel tanks out I had a good look at stainless water tanks. they were immediately forward of the old fuel tanks that were now scrap. Again they were the original and it had been difficult to see what sort of condition they were in. I found four small leaks on one of them at the base welds so there was no question that they needed to come out as well given this was the only time I planned to pull out the floor of our home. The space made by the fuel tanks departure made enough room to slide them out, cut them up and send them to the scrap yard. I had cut out lots of panels to be used for backing plates for the planned new winches and deck gear.
The new tanks were pretty easy to replace in comparison to the removal. Glen did a great job of preparing batons to fix them down and ensuring they do not move and then replacing all the joinery. He re organised the joists and fixings on the companion steps so that it would be a fairly easy task to take them up if the need ever arose in the future.
I moved the tanks around and put the fuel forward and the water aft. Tiki sits too high in the water at the rear, a legacy of losing a mizzen mast perhaps when converted to a cutter, and we have more water than fuel on most occasions so there is more weight aft now. We also only use the rearmost fuel tank as 375 liters is enough for most journeys and the forward will be filled only on long ocean trips where we need to have 700L of fuel.
Lots of detailed fitting of new lines, gauges and breathers and realigning access hatches and we had a glass or two of bubbles for a job well done. We even came in under what we expected to spend which is a minor miracle in marine world! It took just over five weeks, longer that planned because of the need to wait for the additional water tanks that had not been scheduled to be built.