About two years ago I got a wild hair and when I was redoing parts
of the boat, I lightly sanded and painted the interior
of my water
tank. It had been leaking around the rim (someone had fitted and sliconed a piece of plywood
over the opening). I decided to paint
with one part yacht enamel cause there were cracked "scallop eyes" in the finish that simply proved too deep to sand out. So I thought painting was the best way to solve the issue. However, my prep was poor and back then I did not know the proper steps to take in painting gelcoat
and I ended up with a trillion fish
eyes. In the interim, I moved to San Diego
and became a live aboard and never really needed the water
tank to function since I had dockside water and days sails
were liquidated in other ways. Now, I am push to finish this refit
process and I want that water tank functional.
My friend who is life long serious sailor says I have to install either flexible tanks
or have custom ones built since the tanks
are now ruined and that the inherent flexing of the tanks will cause paint
to microscopically chip and contaminate the tanks and cause brain regression, emotional impulsivity, and unplanned peter wilt. In his mind the tank can NEVER be used safely again since it was once painted.
I am willing to do the labor to work to strip the paint out since flexible tanks or a custom job is (in my mind) a damnably frivolous expense. BUT as always, when it comes to safety
and brain health
, I am willing to go the extra mile and truly do the right thing.
1. If I strip the paint, can the tank be safely used?
2. Do I really need to switch to another system (flexitanks or custom hard ones).
As always, I appreciate your responses.