Don’t look inside!
They say ignorance is bliss. If you believe that expression is true, I have a recommendation for you, especially if you own an older boat: Unless you intend to invest the time to clean it, do not look inside your boat’s water tank!
Rebecca scrubbing inside one of the water tank compartments.
Don’t worry, we were taking turns!
You may recall me writing the other day that while working to repair our fresh water leak, I broke one of the access plates to our water tank. Because I had to fish the fittings and cover plate out of the tank, I had no choice but to look inside. After doing so, and noting the amount of crud that had, over the years, accumulated inside of it, my decision was made for me. I had to clean it!
Salon table moved out of the way to access the access plates.
Our Amel’s water tank is located in the boat’s keel. It has 5 baffled compartments that, together, hold 1000L of water. Three of the access plates are located under the salon table so to get at them, we first had to unbolt the table and move it out of the way. The cover plates have a rubber gasket around the edges, and are pulled up onto the top of the tank from the inside by bolts running through plywood top plates. It was one of these wooden top plates that had broken, having rotted away from getting wet. After removing the remaining plates and inspecting them, I noted some cracks on a couple of the others too. When it comes time to put it all back together, I intend to replace them all with new ones made out of marine-grade plywood that I’ll first seal with epoxy.
When we removed the table to found this misplaced Venezuelan beer!
Unfortunately, the can had long ago sprung a leak and was empty.
As for the tank, yes, it was grungy! We were happy to find though that with some scrub brushes, a spray bottle of bleach solution, and some elbow grease, it’s cleaning up well. Our plan is to flush the tank out today, and shock it and the plumbing pipes with more bleach solution. Traumatized as I am from seeing all that crud in the tank, I think I’ll be looking into installing an under-sink water filter too.