Project Activator Episode 9: Fuel Tank and Floor Installation
In episode 9 of project activator, we look at the installation of the fuel tank, and the Coosa floor. Plus, we talk about the hardware we ordered and how we changed our mind on the gauges.
Here is Episode 9
For the tank installation, the 55 gallon aluminum S&P Sheet Metal tank is set on a thin layer of Divinycell, a closed cell structural foam, to separate it from the hull, and level it with the stringers. The stringers and bulkheads surround the tank, and the voids between them and the tank are filled with high density expandable marine foam. This process, encapsulates the tank, preventing it from moving at all, and not allowing any water to enter. Running from front to back along the keel is a PVC pipe that allows any water that gets in front of the bulkheads to drain to the back.
Since we are doing a full composite rebuild, we used the Coosa board for the floor. It was angle cut at the edges and smoothed to fit the hull perfectly. All the pieces were done in sections, and we put flooring all the way to the front. One reason for this is for the ultimate strength of a full floor. Because the composite Coosa board isn't ideal for bolting or screwing into, a backing plate will be placed under the floor in order to secure the seats.
Last week we posted pictures of the gauges we received from Livorsi. Because our setup is digital, we opted for the NMEA 2000 compatible Livorsi Vantage View gauges. We decided to paint our boat silver, and to contrast that we ordered black dial gauges with a black rim; a very automotive look. But, there was a problem, the Vantage View gauges have a white light ring around the dial, and it prevents the blacked out look we wanted. Most people wouldn't care, or notice, but I am a little OCD about these things. In the end, we decided because of the layout as well, to change to the larger oversize "monster" gauges, (5" and 2 5/8"), with a platinum dial, and black rim. I think it's going to look great.
I really like these gauges, but notice the white rim around the dial. I felt it interfered with the look we were going for. This is a standard size, we opted for oversize on the new ones.
We have more hardware coming soon, and will have some updates next episode where we will probably have the floor glassed in, and the hull turned over to be blueprinted. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and share with a friend.