The owner of this unique Freeland 24′ gave us a call recently after restoring his Southwest Florida made boat built in 1987. The restoration was impressive, however he had issues with water contamination in the fuel tank.
An inspection quickly revealed a severely deteriorated fuel tank surface with stripped sender screw threads. Ugh, this is not a problem that’s easily resolved. One alternative is to drill and tap new sender screw holes in the tank. This approach is somewhat dangerous and offers hit-or-miss results. Another option is to replace the tank itself. Replacement in the case would require cutting through two decks. Look closely at the picture of the fuel tank surface, you will notice two deck layers.
Regardless of the repair method, the tank needed to be cleaned and emptied. We removed 55 gallons of fuel including 15 gallons of water from the tank.
Note: Do not overlook your fuel tank, especially when doing major repairs. Why not make an inspection part of your annual preventative maintenance plan.
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