The new fuel tank arrived earlier than expected but typically the timber was rather later, but it is now built and ready to go.
|Three bolts press against timber spacers|
to help locate the tank firmly in place at
The platform is made from a seriously expensive hardwood ply with Lloyds certification for structural use in high risk environments. It is much stiffer than "normal" marine ply, will take higher compression loads and has a 25 year guarantee.
It is made in 2 main sections rather than the three of the previous one and my initial design, with the hatch section removed I should be able to get the larger section in (fingers crossed).
It is 9mm thick with the beams under 11mm. Other timber is reclaimed mahogany and teak with spacers made from Sapele left over from when I replaced the headlining. Fastenings, retaining pieces, etc. are in marine stainless.
The whole is covered in epoxy rather than varnished for better durability and the beams are screwed and glued together with glass tape bonded over for additional strength. Very much over engineered, I hope.
The hatch is to give access to the new bladder water tank under.
Installation of this and the new water tank is going to be a long job and if the weather is good will hopefully start later in the week.