Questions re: Westsail 42 Black Iron Fuel Tank

  • February 23, 2019 7:26 PM
    Message # 7181019
    Deleted user

    I'm considering purchasing an owner finished Westsail 42. The original owner bought the boat as a hull and deck with black iron tanks and Perkins engine installed in 1975. It basically sat in a warehouse until 1999 when the second owner bought and finished the boat. The boat saw light use since 2001 (900 hrs on the engine). These tanks are not showing any signs of leaking, and are sitting up out of the bllge resting on floor timbers. The bad news is that there really is no access to these tanks with no inspection ports or access through cut-outs in the sole, or access through the engine room. If they leak, it'd be a major project to replace them.  Any thoughts on the longevity of these tanks? Any options for cleaning these tanks without an inspection port? Any comments would be appreciated.


  • May 09, 2019 3:43 PM
    Reply # 7332492 on 7181019

    True, the tanks on the W42 and 43 are not really very accessible.  They have to not used or be cut out if any are leaking.  I have some information from previous owners that had to replace their tanks, so if the occasion arises, contact me directly and I can send you that information.. 

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