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So my tank has to be replaced as the pressure test says there is a hole!  Talked to MGB who said that the records are not there but they show that Ezell made the original 48 Gallon tank.  Has anyone used a replacement tank from Ezell or have they used TNT? What thickness gauge tank did you have made as 1/8 inch seems pretty light.  Did you Coal tar epoxy or  Powder coat the tank?  I am not doing the work just trying to make sure I have some knowledge so it it done right. I have read most of the posts.

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On 1/19/2023 at 4:34 PM, DaveVero said:

So my tank has to be replaced as the pressure test says there is a hole!  Talked to MGB who said that the records are not there but they show that Ezell made the original 48 Gallon tank.  Has anyone used a replacement tank from Ezell or have they used TNT? What thickness gauge tank did you have made as 1/8 inch seems pretty light.  Did you Coal tar epoxy or  Powder coat the tank?  I am not doing the work just trying to make sure I have some knowledge so it it done right. I have read most of the posts.

Outlaw's team made my tank on my MA17...

Check my post on the Holy Ghost....if you are in Vero....it's only 2 hour for something made correctly.

DC

 

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11 hours ago, smilemaker said:

Not sure I would trust powder coating in a hidden wet environment.  Fuel tanks flex expand and are constantly moving. 

Powdercoat likes to chip and flake. 

I was thinking the same thing.  The chipped area could end up holding moisture and being worse over the long term. 

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Thanks for the responses. No to powdercoat!!   I will have to get it epoxy coated in order to flex.   Got a quote for this work and it was way higher than I anticipated. Total job was like $7500.   Tank was $900 but the fiberglass guy was $3500 which I cannot understand. Sure he has to cut the floor and re-glass but how long does that take?  Hope someone has some insight .

 

 

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2 hours ago, DaveVero said:

Thanks for the responses. No to powdercoat!!   I will have to get it epoxy coated in order to flex.   Got a quote for this work and it was way higher than I anticipated. Total job was like $7500.   Tank was $900 but the fiberglass guy was $3500 which I cannot understand. Sure he has to cut the floor and re-glass but how long does that take?  Hope someone has some insight .

 

 

I'm not a math major, but 3500 + 900 = 4400.   What is the other 3200 for?   Dino, 5K for a tank job end-to-end - sound anywhere close to right?

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Labor rates are out of control.

Not a clue as to why ! 🙄

Anything marine related, has quadrupled, in the last year .

Not a clue as to why ! 🙄

On a positive note ….

$900 for a new tank , at today’s market , sounds about spot on .

B.O.A.T.

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On 1/23/2023 at 5:38 PM, DaveVero said:

Can you please tell me the name of the epoxy used to coat your tank and why you chose it? Most coal tar epoxy from what I have read. I am thinking of powder coating as the tank manufacturer does that for a fee.

 

I can't remember the name of the epoxy the guys used at Fiberglass by Design....but, it was a roll on epoxy....they didn't recommend powder coating....basically, the stuff they used said it will outlive the tank itself...

 

dc

 

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6 hours ago, whichwaysup said:

Dino, 5K for a tank job end-to-end - sound anywhere close to right?

yes, but, that did not include complete rewire...there is a lot of work to the job.....DAVEVERO...be sure to look closely at my post on the Holy Ghost....MBC did not seal the ports where they filled in the foam and mine was totally soaked and we had to tear it out and redo it.....this cost me another $2-3K.

The tanks never go in and out on the first try...lots of cutting, glassing and fitting...then to match the deck, they need to roll out glass and then spray it with gelcoat.

DC

 

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1 hour ago, DaveVero said:

Thanks for the responses!!! I really like this MA as it feels very safe in Sebastain Inlet. Never go offshore so it is the perfect boat to run the beach. So I guess it is pay the piper.

Dave, having bought my MA twice, I can tell you that I have no regrets.    It may be a good time to consider some other projects - if the hood is open and you are going to spend money you didn't want to spend, it would be nice to walk away with that "new boat" smell!   

- Wiring

- Gelcoat chips

- pumps

- through hull fittings

- plumbing

- Buff/shine/detail

And then of course, since it will be up on stands, think of all the money you can put into making your trailer fit like a glove!   

Of course, might be time for that new engine too!

 

But hey, a new  one would cost you 60-80K and wouldn't ride like an MA - so think how much money you are saving!!!

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I would love a new Yamaha 150 SHO but then I would  have a 2003 MA that had $40,000 into the boat. The 150 Yamaha 2 stroke better hold together for a few years as it has 500 hours on it.  A member here was the original owner and I love his choice of color-Sea Foam green.  Just got 24 lithium  trolling motor battery that is the next project!!

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3 hours ago, DaveVero said:

I would love a new Yamaha 150 SHO but then I would  have a 2003 MA that had $40,000 into the boat. The 150 Yamaha 2 stroke better hold together for a few years as it has 500 hours on it.  A member here was the original owner and I love his choice of color-Sea Foam green.  Just got 24 lithium  trolling motor battery that is the next project!!

That wasnt Hurricanes boat was it?

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