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You’re welcome! Seriously, I know I have been a bit negligent in posting up on Flirt’s ongoing refit, but I have some work to share now.

As you may have remembered a few months back, I mentioned replacing my Sprite’s badly designed 9 gallon tank wit a 24 gallon Plastimo water bladder. Flirt’s original tank was a small cylindrical tank that was buried in the lazerette. With no hatch or access to it, cleaning, refurbishing, or even just making sure the hoses had not rotted off of it was an impossible task.

So Flirt went from this:

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To this:

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To make this transition work, I found myself cutting the floor out of the cockpit and building up a “bed” for the tank (plus fixing the cockpit’s inherent flexing)

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Over the past few weeks, I have epoxied into place under seat supports, a support under the cockpit, and now a rear bulkhead between the lazerette and the rest of the cabin space.

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Soon, the cockpit will regain it’s floor again. First I need to cut the drains into the marine ply I have for it, then install a platform for the bladder to sit on so it does not drop into the keel, and then comes paint and some padding, I do no give it long now until Flirt is more sealed up for winter again.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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