Westerly Water Tanks

braymt

New member
Joined
23 Aug 2001
Messages
5
Location
Hythe, Hants
I have a 5 year old Oceanranger. I have found that the (so called) stainless steel water tanks are so badly corroded that they need replacing. Has anyone else had this problem and do they have a solution which does not require a second mortgage?
 

philip_stevens

Active member
Joined
16 May 2001
Messages
3,854
Location
live near Saint Ives, Cornwall.
My 15 year old Konsrt has a SS fresh water tank under the for'd berths, and shows no sign of corrosion.

I did have to change the fuel tank four years ago, as it was a mass of flaking rust under the tank. Obviously where it stays wet from outside condensation. I replaced it with a SS tank - and for someone else, took a photo of it last week, and there is no sign of rust there either.

regards,
Philip. KT528

regards,
Philip
 

Grehan

Well-known member
Joined
11 Jun 2001
Messages
3,731
Location
Inland France + Oxon.
At the risk of stating the obvious . .

a) Stainless steel comes in various grades (that is, metallic formulations) and this is probably even more true regarding sheet ss (=water tank material). There is quite a cost implication I believe.

b) Not all grades are suitable for 'marine' environments and/or stay pristine in such conditions.
 

philip_stevens

Active member
Joined
16 May 2001
Messages
3,854
Location
live near Saint Ives, Cornwall.
The original fresh water tank is in "pristine" condition, but the diesel tank has rust "staining" on the welds. Nothing that will not clean off, but staining all the same. Which lends credance to your statement about SS formulation.

As an aside, there is even a magnetic SS. It doesn;t rust, but is attracted to a magnet. Yet another formulation of SS.

regards,
Philip
 

braymt

New member
Joined
23 Aug 2001
Messages
5
Location
Hythe, Hants
Rumour has it that at the time my boat was built Westerly were running a cost cutting campaign and that the tanks were made out of a low grade SS rather than the desirable 316. However, if this were the case I would expect other people who own Westerlies of the same vintage to be experiencing similar problems. Am I the only one with this? The only possibly unusual thing I have done is to go through the French canals and spend a season in the med.
 
Top