⛵️It’s Finally time to clean the diesel tank of our sailboat [after 22 years] #101

⛵️It’s Finally time to clean the diesel tank of our sailboat [after 22 years] #101

Once we thought the boat was a mess. But now… it’s another level. We can always get more messy. It’s never enough. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So we are gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life. And then we’re gonna go back in finish the house. New episode every Monday! It’s about time to take the oil (diesel) off. More than 800 liters of oil. Wait wait. Just so you understand how big of a deal this is… The diesel on this tank is been sitting
there for over 22 years. So it’s like a big surprise to open this tank. We’ve been waiting for a while. And now we’re gonna see what is there inside of the tank. Just make sure we can connect the hoses on the correct place in the future, we decided to mark their position. 22 years old diesel You can turn it on!! So, I took off all these ones and these
ones. And now it’s time to take off these ones. Yeah, this lid is not in a good shape. Because…? The boat is not levelled, so here is where the fuel was not all the way to the top. So, there was some air and with oxygen comes rust. But this is really thick plate, we can scratch and sand and paint it again. Treat, yeah. It’s gonna be fine. We are gonna give a try now. This is a product to clean the grease,
degrease. Let’s see if it works a little bit. You touch and already… the paint (diesel)
went off right away. I think it’s gonna work. Yeah. Be careful because this is really really strong. So now that we have applied the degrease we need to wait until tomorrow and then we are gonna try to clean it. Next day For a long time we are planning to open
these tanks, but we were postponing this task. And Eduardo, that has been working
with us since the beginning of the painting job he suggested us if we wanted him to help us to help the tanks he would… To clean the tanks. To clean the tanks and to open the tanks he would sell the diesel and… He said that he would do that in exchange for the diesel. So, he would sell the diesel, make money with selling the diesel and in exchange he would help us to clean the tanks. That’s a really good deal for everyone. I mean… he make this bit of money, we got the help we needed. It’s pretty good. Thanks, Eduardo. We really really appreciate. And now we need to get back work because Eduardo actually is working with us on
the painting (still), so he cannot help us during the day. The only time he helps us is during lunchtime and after work. Because he has his own boss, that’s the guy that we hired for the painting job. So we just need to work by ourselves right now and then lunchtime he helps us a little bit and then after work. But, it’s going great. We’re gonna get there one day, eventually. Where is this diesel going? Well, at first we thought the diesel would be garbage. But then we found out that actually you can give a second life to the diesel. It’s a good way of seen it. Yeah. We sold… I mean Eduardo sold the diesel to a company that recycles the diesel. That means… part of this diesel is gonna become asphalt for the streets, and part of this diesel is gonna be… Reprocessed? Yeah, Reprocessed and become diesel again. So that means that a 100% of the diesel, that’s what they say at least, is gonna be used, so no garbage. That’s pretty good. So, we basically sold the diesel to a company that is gonna give a right destination for the diesel. And with this money we pay Eduardo that helped us to do the job. To clean the tanks. By the way… Eduardo, thanks so much. The help was awesome. And we still need to open the water tank. But that’s another story. That’s for the future, right? Yeah. Once we thought the boat was a mess. But now… it’s another level. We can always get more messy. It’s never enough. We have some pieces of floor here and there, and the garbage can is there… and the lids of the tank are there. But, we promise you one day this is gonna look like a house. I mean, a floating house. But one day it’s gonna look good again. And you can’t imagine the smell of these open tanks here. But someone told us like a month ago that it’s not possible to make an omelet
without breaking eggs. We need to break the eggs first, you know… We are breaking the eggs now. What we are doing here… Duca is taking off the inside shelf. The inside shelf that were the batteries because we need to have access to the lid of the other part of the tank. So, we have all the lids off already.
That’s the last one that we need to take this apart. And after that we can open
the entire diesel tank. And we can clean and we can probably paint it again. Yeah. We are pretty sure we’re gonna need to paint because… it’s all like this with these little dots. And we are pretty sure this is the paint that is coming off. The good thing is that now we know what
is inside of the tank. Because it was like… how can we know what’s there inside after 22 years with diesel inside. So now after that it’s gonna be a lot of
work. But we’re gonna have a tank that we can trust and we know it’s clean, that’s pretty good. And we know the amount of diesel we have, right? We didn’t know actually. We… on design, on the paper says 840 liters. It’s more likely 650. That’s a good thing. We’re gonna know when we full the tanks with the new diesel. And now screws… Working hard? How many screws you bet there is
in this boat, the entire boat? No idea. I never unscrewed that many screws in
entire life. Millions. And they are all with the flathead. This one is bad. This one is really bad. We need to exchange this one. After some minutes. The last piece is off. And we have access to the tank there. The smell now is a little bit bad because we put some… Not bad, strong. Strong. We put some ethanol on the tanks. Someone said
that ethanol is good for diluting the diesel. So we put ethanol and that’s much better now. It seems that it works. It’s like a process… we clean we, dry we clean, we dry… until hopefully one day this is completely dry and without grease. Yeah, we need to degrease it. So, maybe we sand and paint it. I’m not sure yet. Let’s keep moving. 5 liters of ethanol How it’s going? Good. Going well? Yeah. Can you lift up a little bit? So we can see the back. Behind you it’s much better. Check it out. These ones are almost done. Proud of the work? I guess I need to exchange gloves already. I’m tired and proud. Look at that. I’m happy that we started doing this because it’s gonna take a while to finish this. Yeah, so these are the ones that are
not done yet. You can tell. It’s still a little bit dirty and then…. We still need to figure out how we are gonna paint them back. We will get there eventually. This one is on the way. I think we’re doing a great job. And this is the last one. Because all the water that we get from these comes to here. So we decide to do this one last. And it’s gonna be tough because this is the deep one and the small one. We need long arms to do these ones. But, we’re gonna do that. Let’s go back to work. *Duca trying to convince our friend Fred that he is too creative not to have his own youtube channel That’s it. This week was a long week. I mean… we did other things other than that also, but this was a lot of work. We didn’t even finish it and it’s… it was a lot of work but we want to show you the result that looks much better. Remember how this was when
we open it up? It was like something like this. And now… check this out. It’s like stepping on eggs. My legs are sore. But look at this. Yeah, it’s much cleaner now. Still… not perfect. After a week of cleaning because… First we put some degrease and we left it until the other day, and then we used ethanol and then… another degrease… so basically we cleaned, dried and then we cleaned and dried, and put ethanol and then put degrease and ethanol, degrease… A lot of steps but it’s the only way we can do to paint this again. Because we will need to paint the tank again. And in order to do that we cannot have any kind of grease on the metal, otherwise the paint won’t
stick. So now that this is degreased, not 100% but it’s almost there, we’re gonna sand with the orbital sander and then we can paint it. But we need to do that in steps, we need to do one spot at time, otherwise it can rust. We need to do one square of those and then we paint it. And next day we do the next one and
the next one and then then next one. So the idea is to use intershield, the same as we are using to the exterior part of the boat. Yeah, so basically we’re gonna use intershield because it’s a really really good protection for the rust. And also because it’s a clear
epoxy. It’s better like this. So basically intershield is a clear
epoxy paint with aluminum, and means that it won’t lose anything to the diesel tank. It’s not gonna dilute the paint, that means that it’s not gonna… It’s gonna stick well and the factory says that we can use it for tanks and that’s a really good thing. But now we need to take some stuff out of the boat because otherwise is hard to work. We need to take all these… Rubber. This is the… how do we call it? Gasket. Yeah, the gasket for all the hatches (lids). And now we’re gonna give a good clean clean of these and make sure that it is
still good to use or if we need to exchange it. After 22 years it seems that it’s still good, the rubber is still… And it’s not cracking it’s really rubbery and not cracking. So we are gonna give a good clean on this and make sure it’s good, otherwise we’re gonna buy a new one. But we are trying not to buy a new one. But for today we also need to thank our new Patreons for this week. Welcome on board, Scott,  Ausbin,  Francesco,  Arturs, Robert, Werner, Jiri, Ed, Jordan. And we also want to thank our donations through PayPal. Thanks a lot, Anthony and Gerrit. Actually this is too confuse to do and talk at the same time. So I guess we see you guys next week. Join the crew

100 thoughts on “⛵️It’s Finally time to clean the diesel tank of our sailboat [after 22 years] #101

  1. @ odd life crafting you should look at the product Ranex rust buster iT wil transform the little rust in new metal and iT gives a coating on wich you van paint directly. You make Nice video’s 👍🏻👍🏻

  2. Love always your love and team spirit, one sugestión you should replace the fuel hoses with the return hose now that is easy access because in the connection May look fine but you won’t be able to inspected all, and in the engine replace all the rubber hoses including impeller on water pum and have spares because it may break in a country your visiting and may be difficult to get parts there but great job always keep up the good spirit… big hugs…

  3. I do recommend rechargeable screwdriver and socket driver. They may cost some dollars but saves a lot of time. Especially with all those nuts…by the way, you guys rock. Can't wait to see the finished boat.

  4. 10:35 you guy should get a sheet of plywood over the tank your not working on to sit more comfortable. Good luck, I worked with aviation fuel for almost a decade. Agree you have to do this right or your fuel will become contaminated at the worse time possible. For the deep tank attach your brushed onto a pole. The gaskets should be good as the fuel is very oily and would have stopped it from drying out. The outer edges might be worth double checking as that would have been exposed to air.

  5. You guys are doing amazing job, I suggest you look into Red Cote as a tank liner as it will seal any pitting and provide a corrosion resistance to the diesel. It can be applied with a brush and provides a mastic like coating that will last forever inside your tanks. It is designed as a fuel tank liner. Have fun. Ross.

  6. ….no need to paint tanks as diesel acts as a rust inhibitor….make sure those tanks are bolted/torque down properly n gaskets are replaced and ya good to go!…..if ya paint? expect blocked filters later down the road/ocean. Lol …….just saying

  7. Muito boa a limpeza. Impressionante a qualidade do barco, pois os tanques voltaram a ficar amarelos, na cor original apenas com a limpeza. Não se vê corrosão severa. Deu trabalho, mas foi necessário e poupará o motor de vocês no futuro. Parabéns! Good job!

  8. No steel rusts covered in desiel.
    I'm not sure I'd bother. Remember this is all required in a year.again. if you are staying on top of maintaining a yacht proper. You'll be fuelling in dodge marinas.
    Gosh I hope she is what you expected. You really should have done a season asap First…
    Imagine the engine too slow or your rudder is under in performance and you can't steer her or the rigging is inconsistent with keel. etc. you have gone Wayyyyy overboard.
    I hope you get lucky. But always remember more stuff gets done when you dry dock in cheap countries while you take a break from rocking and rolling.

  9. Salut🔊, je voulais vous proposer la couleur de votre pays pour votre belle bateau ?!! Bisous de Peter🥰🥖🇫🇷

  10. wow! what a big job. I'm so impressed that you are taking every opportunity to get this boat back to new. You both are doing such a GREAT job.

  11. Don’t forget the hoses to the engine and filters if the tank is that state then the rest of the fuelsystem is the same..

  12. Looks like you two have an entire buffet worth of omelets! But your progress is fantastic…keep up the great work. She's going to be a beauty when you're done.

  13. super human effort, Roberta, cleaning a 600 litre tank with a tooth brush?? is this punishment for something?? lol

  14. Great Job. FYI diesel oil doesn't 'go-off' like petrol. However, what it does suffer from is diesel bug, which is an organism which lives and thrives at the boundary between the diesel and any water that sits at the bottom of the tank. That's why you get the black goop at the bottom of the tank, which is where the water sits. This used to be less of a problem in the past when there was no bio-content in the diesel, but today the bio element means that that to a limited extent the fuel is miscible, that is to say it will absorb a percentage of water. When cleaning aged diesel out of my boats tanks, I finished the cleaning process by pressure washing the tanks using a solution of bleach, to try and kill the bugs. It would be a sensible idea to replace the rubber seals and the fuel lines too!!

  15. you know when someone bring out the toothbrush its going to be a good clean 🙂
    you better change those rubber gaskets now you have open for the tank

  16. There must be very few people in the world that could make cleaning of a diesel tank fun to watch. Congratulations on a fantastic job well done. It was both educational and entertaining. All the best from Singapore.

  17. At 11:12, two guys happily chatting and a girl working hard… priceless! LOL!!! Keep up with the good work, I'm looking forward for the next video! Parabéns!

  18. Befor buying or making the window rubbers yourselfs you could try to let them sit a tub with fabric softener overnight.
    Or even but them in a washing machine at 30° on gentle setting, it could thou snap them.

  19. Trabalho chato… E sempre com aquela ideia que nunca deixamos de poluir…. Apesar dos esforços em trocar todos os materiais usados para a tarefa.
    Enfim, o que eu admiro muito na construção do navio é a distribuição de carga!!
    E como pensaram em como todos os depósitos são separados e com "Hatches" para este efeito!!
    Bem invejo o vosso YATCH,!!!lol e grande abraço!!!

  20. I wouldn’t reused the seas as if they leak you’ll have to take is all apart again. If there is a slight crack or warp in the gasket the diesel will find it and the smell won’t be fun at sea. Just a thought

  21. such a joy to watch you two , you guys are to cute for words , and you are doing an amazing job on your tiny ship !!!

  22. Olá Duca e Roberta,
    Assinei o canal de vcs por causa da vela, mas depois descobri os outros vídeos seus e adorei.
    Somos, minha esposa e eu, velejadores há uns sete anos e nosso próximo barco é um veleiro de aço, pois na minha região é mais fácil de fazer.
    Gostaria imensamente de poder conhecer o barco de vcs e conversamos sobre o que é importante saber sobre um veleiro de aço.
    Parabéns pelo empenho e estamos ansiosos para vê-los velejando..
    Bons ventos

  23. Cuando acabéis de arregla el barco ya podéis empezar por el principio; un barco es el cuento de nunca acabar. Un abrazo y no os desaniméis nunca. Al fin lo conseguiréis. Salid en cuanto lo veáis claro; seguramente no pasará nada pero veréis otros posibles fallos. Id de puerto en puerto sin prisas. ¡Ya casi habéis pescado al barco!. Con que dos meses he??

  24. Oh,. so much work and it will have to be done again in a few years why not leave the tops off the steel tanks. Find sizes that fit inside the old steel tanks. http://www.moellermarine.com/product-category/fuel-containment/permanent-fuel-tanks/

  25. Dos mese más; igual que yo que llevo dos años y pico en Torrevieja y creo que tardaré ese tiempo en empezar a navegar de una vez. Vuestro barco es complicado porque el mío es de diez y tengo de sobras; quince está bien para una parejita que se adora y que se quiere buscar las habichuelas con su ballena domada y que estaba para el desguace la pobre con lo chula que es. Se portará bien seguro pues su muerte era inminente a no ser que la rescataseis vosotros dos. Esto no tiene nada que ver con la casa es mucho más complicado; pero como todo no lo es tanto cuando entiendes que te has metido en el camino que querías; y asumes el lío en el que te has metido. Lo sabíamos el que nos metíamos en camisa de once varas. Refrán español. El motor no creo que os dé problemas porque los motores náuticos sobre todo de los noventa el mío es de entonces, pues se remotorizó por aquellas fechas aunque el barco es alemán del 73; son fuertes y sobredimensionados, es decir que son más potentes y fuertes de lo incluso necesario. Por cierto cuando eches el gaoil o después échale un líquido de inmasa que destruye las bacterias que puedan crearse en el tanque de combustible; estos crean algas y yo casi naufrago delante de la isla de Dragonera en Mallorca porque se paró el motor justo en el estrecho entre el islote y Mallorca. Es una botella comop el aceite de repsol de medio litro y basta un tapon para cincuenta litros; supongo que con una botella tenéis para los 600 litros. En la parte de depósito
    que contiene aire nace una bacteria que vive con el petróleo que forma una especie de algas que acaban por obturar el suministro de gasoil y las conducciones. Es una de las raras bacterias que pueden vivir en el mismo petróleo. Crean una especie de cultivo parecido a algas que obstruyen la toma de gasoil del motor. Es recomendable llevar el depósito lleno o cerca para que no haya aire y estas bacterias no puedan reproducirse. LO aprendí porque casi yo novato me estrello contra el farallón de Mallorca justo enfrente de la Dragonera. Yo he deducido que mucha gente se va a Argelia para llenar el depósito y salen cantando aleluyas o ranas mejor dicho porque creen que les han estafado; cuando probablemente lo que ha ocurrido es que al meter cientos de litros de golpe han movido las susodichas algas y son ellas las que han obstruido la conducción de gasoil. Esperad que os cuento más… el mecánico de Andraitx solucionó el problema tras ser remolcado en un soplo literalmente hablando con una mancha parecida a las de las bicicletas y haciendo soplar al aparato por lo que salieron varios retazos de bacterias de estas. Esto es bastante frecuente. Sin embargo para que veáis a donde quiero ir a parar; estuve en Benal mádena a punto de comprar un Nauticat 33 cuyo dueño era o es piloto de la fuerza aérea española y me dijo que iba a Argel a llenar el depósito y de paso se pegaban él y su mujer tres días de vacaciones con lo ahorrado. ¡Suerte!

  26. A small sandblaster and some clear plastic to create a sandblast cabinet might save time and muscle when sanding tanks…. permatex makes semi-liquid rtv gasket in a cheese wiz can or chaulk gun. Doing this would give a better seal where there is imperfections in the mating surfaces.

  27. Is the bottom of the fuel tank the actual hull inner surface? Are the tanks galvanised steel or stainless steel? I am guessing the tank bottom is galvanised and the yellow coating is critical. Stainless tanks do not require any coatings.
    Could rust be present under the yellow coating? Is the hull bottom 2 layers, counting the tanks?
    Be careful.

  28. I'm sorry, you guys are great, however I must point this out. Working with solvents in enclosed spaces…you are crazy. Absolutely crazy. If you have to use respirators to deal with the ethanol solvent in the air, you are literally working in a bomb. That means you would both die. Please don't do that again. Someone might not be so lucky watching you. You clearly have the money, you should have hired professionals who are trained in cleaning industrial solvents and diesel tanks. And did you know that diesel fuel is the most carcinogenic fuel? It is 800 times more carcinogenic than regular gas. Use your heads. Working with diesel is not so flammable, working with solvent is.

  29. What a mission! Nice one. It will be worth it in the end. You're getting closer every day- the dream is real.

  30. Great work guys
    Huge tanks
    Good design
    This is the most important job you can do on a boat . Really good work we love your enthusiasm . Those tanks are in good condition great work
    Nice to watch
    It’s good to see an old boat coming back to the world .

  31. Very positive and nice! You two take on the dirty jobs with a smile. (I wonder if she beats you off camera..?) Haha!

  32. I’m glad to see you’re accomplishing your dreams. If you really want to do something worthwhile after your done have a child ,it’ll be the greatest thing you’ve ever Pour yourself into

  33. Intershield 300 is an awesome product , we use it on steel a lot in Australia , it is also surface rust tolerant and can go up to 1100 microns dry film .

  34. Hi guys prob bit late. One other product which you may find helpful. Is a fluid called acitone , it’s use pre painting car body panels and part to remove grease, dirt. Etc before the application of any paint product. Hope this helps guys. 👍👍👍👍👊👊👊👊

  35. just a suggestion. Try installing automatic rifles and scopes for 360 degree view so as to remain safe from pirates. Be safe. I really love watching you guys having fun amid so much hard work. 😁

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  37. Absolutely no need to paint the interior of the tanks. You've removed the algae and sediment. That's all that's required.
    Additional coatings are optional.
    One of he biggest benefits from the tank cleaning is you can now use an algaecide when you fill the tanks. Before, you'd go through like a million fuel filters before the algae was generally gone.

  38. I don’t think i would paint the inside of that tank, looks in good condition to me. I would be frightened of the paint flaking off in the future causing all sorts of issues blocking filters etc. Not sure if you have a drain valve at the lowest point or a small sump to collect and remove the water.

  39. Love watching the diesel tank cleaning episode. I’m in the petroleum industry in the states, so I get a lot of service calls working on diesel fuel dispensers and tanks. Usually the issues with the dispenser starts in the tank as the fuel grows a gritty matter we call hum-buck. It starts in the tank goes into the lines and blocks up filters and unprotected meters. New diesel will corrode about any metal out side of stainless steel. I’m wondering if the yellow coating in your tanks and on the inside of the lids isn’t a special coating (not paint) to protect the tank from the fuel? Regular paint won’t stand up to diesel. Best of luck. — very envious Bob 🙂

  40. Your English is excellent. What nationality are you two? I can't place the accent. Just curious.
    Great video, very interesting.

  41. The fuel was probably ok it’s only diesel but all the dirt that may be an issue
    But you cleaned them so nice
    It’s a good job you are both young and bendy
    Being older and broken I would get down there to do something and be stuck there

  42. Hi you two! Fast becoming my favourite sailing channel. You two are great together, your boat is just gorgeous. Keep up the good work and vids.

  43. Curiosity: what was the value of the diesel in that tank? I appreciate your comments about the recycling of it, and of course, cleaning of the tank.

  44. I think cleaning the tanks was a good idea, diesel is an oily fuel, I think cleaning is enough as recoating tank might prove very difficult in terms of proper adhesion- clean is good!

  45. you guys are doing great very nice content. keep up the great work you are doing and by the way i am a yacht engineer and i am impressed how good you have done your home work.wish you all the best. If you need help troubleshooting dont hesitate to contact me. Amine from Morocco

  46. Well done my friend.and show your good people, as that the type of people the good want to help. they part see themselves in you

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