⛵️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. From the couple of videos I saw on the steel boat whoever owned it did a fantastic job of prepping metal and painting the bilges the diesel tanks. They need is a washout and 20 years later they’re good for another 20 years

  2. Wow! Another incredibly thorough job. That is a huge tank – what a great range your boat will have. So well designed too, with great access. You guys do things so well and are such a pleasure to watch.

  3. No doubt the hardest job of your life! I respect your effort, keep safe from the fumes! If there was ever a reason to use diesel bags like planes use, this is one so nobody has to do that again.

  4. Good job , you guys NEED to have some fans running exhausting as well as bringing in fresh air when working around the old diesel and the various chemicals your using==================IMPORTANT !!!

  5. Please fit new gaskets they need to be replaced. Diesel makes rubber soft not good to reuse. New to channel loving your enthusiasm

  6. Wellllll we are haveing some fun now!,thats just a thankless job been there done that ! I am very happy to see you paying attention to the tanks and that they set them up so well for access.I am assuming that the tanks are sectioned off the hull , make sure you inspect those hatch seals very well for cracks and the like as they dry out they might deform .As for painting its alot of work I know but my consul would be to do it , your only want to go through it once and here you are . Use a GOOD paint rated for diesel ,clean well as always and let it sit not just till its dry but make sure its FULLY cured before putting any fuel in the tank . You know that ethanol is highly flammable especially in more or less confined enviorment a 40% mixture of ethanol and water has a flash point of 26c thats right it could have flashed , be very very carefull with that stuff …arent boats fun?…lol Doing a great job keep it up the rewards will be many

  7. Gee guys it's wonderful to watch use and putting ur heart into the boat the vlog says it all ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  8. Hello. I will give you a little tip to make a job like that go much faster. Get yourself a cordless Hitachi impact driver and a bit for using sockets. It makes jobs like that go soooo much faster! I hope you can get the smell of the diesel out. I think I would have wanted to put the covers back on right away.

  9. What they do is they polish the diesel which takes all the impurities and contaminates out of it. I was just curious if you guys realize that or not that that diesel can be used again it just needs to be thoroughly polished. But anyhow, the more I see of this boat the more impressed I am with its design and it's built so you guys are going to have one heck of a offshore blue water boat when you guys are all done and finished. And what's really nice is that you guys are able to take the time and do this right I'm very impressed good job you two…👍🤔😘

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  11. I love you two. Watching from TN. Wish you the very best in your endeavors. Never forget to thank our Lord Jesus Christ, his blood shed on Calvary gave us all hope. God bless!

  12. Duca e Roberta blz? Não entendo muito de veleiros deste porte mas não seria mais interessante usar este compartimento onde está o diesel para acondicionamento de outra coisa e colocar o diesel em tanques onde vocês possam retirar e limpar quando precisar… Desculpe, não entendo muito mas só uma sugestão… Abç.

  13. You worked really hard this past week, you both must be very tired and ache all over, What do you do when your not working on the boat and the house, what jobs do you do? I am a retired Massage Therapist and have worked in the UK, Spain and Germany.

  14. I removed my 600 gallon tank and put a custom brand new 560 Gl tank and took my 34 ft sport fish fishing ( check out _ fishing adventure # 73 and 74 ) but to clean and prep for painting a diesel tank WOW. Ps diesel fuel has to be particle free and uncontaminated, good luck and spend the money☠️👁😎 for a great filter system

  15. Glad to see your progress guys. I’m going to send you by mail a marine stereo that I had on my boat. Is in good shape (I changed it because I got a birthday present with another brand that matches the rest of the components) and has top sound quality. It’ll do just fine 👌. Check your email… Looking forward to see you both sailing!

  16. Argh! The WORK!!! I continue to be amazed at your dedication to your new boat and I continue to wish you GOOD LUCK. Your enthusiasm is amazing! You are leaving nothing to chance. She will be a lovely home on the water. I look forward to the voyage videos! All the best from the UK.

  17. It is very unusual to find paint inside a diesel tank … very strange … I would remove it all … you won't find a paint certified to use inside a diesel tank … I suggest you remove it back to bare metal and leave it like that. I think you are taking a big risk with the intershield … if it becomes soft in the diesel, it will stop the engine. You should check again with the maker of the paint and be certain absolute they understand you want to paint the inside of the diesel tank, I imagine they think you only want to paint the outside.

  18. Love watching you since day one of you purchasing your new floating home, I feel though I must express my feelings on the repainting of the diesel tanks. I’ve worked in the fuel game for a lot of years in the delivery side and the repair side of fuel pumps, bowsers and holding tanks and have only seen a couple of diesel tanks rust through due to being on bare earth. If I was doing what you are doing with your tanks then I wouldn’t be painting them again as #1 they are essentially holding light oil which is a rust preventive in it’s self. #2 I’ve seen repainted tanks having to be sand blasted because the fuel has been able to penetrate between the old and new coatings causing all soots of fuel filter blockages and that was on tanks that you could climb inside and see all the corners, seams and so on, (fishing trawlers), please reconsider painting something that is not really necessary or needed.

  19. Tank work doesn’t look like a fun job at all… but you guys def look like your putting in the work and effort to do it right!

    How much do the new gaskets cost? I would think they would be a cheap insurance to change them out rather than re-use the old ones… but like anything for boats it’s probably 4 times what it should cost…

  20. all the boat I have had over 40 years have never been painted inside steel tanks although I liked to keep them full diesel is good at preserving the steel but that paint that is in the tanks does seam to of lasted well. Great job loving the videos

  21. Dear Sir/Madam,
    Well 22 year old Diesel should make for a nice vintage with a delicate bouquet & might possibly yield a mellow burn inside each & every cylinder head. I suspect one would get a very thick, heavy black smoke if one could indeed even get it to burn. A very laborious but necessary task I am sure. As the boat is in a dry dock, there is no better opportunity to do a thorough overhaul once and for all. Very well done. Kind regards.

  22. Greetings.Those tanks look fabulous. Buy some new seals and fill with diesel. Spend your time and money on a polishing system that will help you with bad fuel when cruising. Regards,Dave

  23. Hola amigos. Me
    Encanta el entusiasmo que ponen en su trabajo, los felicito y poco a poco se ve él amor que tienen a lo que hacen un abrazo desde cd valles San Luis Potosí Mexico saludos amigos

  24. be careful what you use to clean the rubber gaskets with, gasoline and some other chemicals will distort the rubber. Good luck from Fl. U.S., I like your videos .

  25. I think it is customary to fill gas/diesel tanks before storage to prevent condensation and then rust. What an extraordinary effort you have made. It is a project only the young can undertake—it is dirty and very tiring and leaves your hands smelling of diesel oil. You must imagine many days of sailing as a reward for your labour.

  26. As the saying goes. "It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it."

    I think you just made a sensory memory. For the rest of your lives the smell of diesel will take you back to this.

  27. Wow the sludge in those tanks! Incredible job cleaning. The sanding isnt going to be easy either! Definitely worth doing but I dunno if I could get the motivation to do that one myself.

    I wonder if you should just change the lines while you're at it?

  28. Muito interessante. Não pensei que fosse tão grande o tanque de diesel pois imaginava no máximo 200 litros e também não sabia ser possível pintar o seu interior. Muito trabalho. Boa sorte.

  29. Santa Maria- this isn't a mess it's a disaster 😀😀😀
    It's got to be a disaster before it can be perfect….😜
    Loving the tunes….you guys need to get used to wearing gloves, one cut you'll get anything in your blood.
    Anyways the product to clean grease does it work for humans, I have a friend he has bad guts, I'm sure he needs that 😂😂😂
    Edwardo did you a favour x's 2 , bravo …
    God Bless you both, like two little soldiers…recycled diesel ..it's good…
    Always remember , sometimes you get the wrong train in life but it takes you to the right place 👍

  30. OMG, Flat head screws should be outlawed 😝. Love watching your restoration progress. 👍 Greetings from Ottawa, Canada 🇨🇦

  31. That is Zink Chromate Paint on the inside of the tanks.I would not do anything to them other than to coat with zink chromate again.

  32. On degreasing… have you tried using some white vinegar? It is an excellent degreaser, a mild acid, and doesn't smell so bad. I use it to clean old cast iron pans, grills, engines and I did use it to clean up a gas tank on a 4 wheeler that had sat for a long time with ethanol gas in it.. the gas tank was horrid from ethanol based fuel.. but the vinegar turned out to be the best solution for removing all the old stuff and plus it kills the diesel bug… I know you did a lot of hard work..but a final wash with the vinegar will help prevent a diesel bug from coming back. Yes.. I work on boats for a living. See a lot of this here in South Florida. Boat is looking great.. keep your eye on the horizon and finish product.. Thanks for the video.

  33. Ahmmm, yeah paint the tanks but use just the best tank paint to coat it thoroughly and new gaskets and bolts and invest in the best filters and that in line inspection bottle. Have you thought about the bernacles outside the hull? So when are we sailing mypassport is ready for Brazil so are the others.

  34. Hey Guys, another great video.
    I'm with Barry on NOT painting the tanks, unless you use the correct sealer paint made for fuel tanks (check with paint manufacturer if you use epoxy) you can get all sorts of nasty sludge as the diesel slowly eats it's way through the paint. Far better to fit a really good filter and water trap on the feed line to the engine.

  35. Have a look at project Brupeg , that done their tanks too and repainted them
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq9WQmB1GqfhPKkKFvFkY4A

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59Mylt54LKg

  36. You are lucky you have such good access to the fuel tanks to allow you to get in there and clean and inspect. 600 liters seems like a lot of fuel for a sailboat!

  37. What nice people you are to watch and see how you stay happy even with hard work. Thank you for the videos and best of luck ! Your English is very good !

  38. You guys are working so hard. You should be very proud of the work you’ve! It will pay off when you have a beautiful finished vessel!

  39. Please stop working so hard. Buy a battery powered drill/impact driver to use to unscrew all that stuff.. love the videos!

  40. OK, now the show is really picking up speed ! Love the "chemistry" between you two, and hope you can find an excuse to not repaint those tanks. Thats going to be a HUGE job, and from here in my arm chair they look solid, (in good condition).

  41. Saudações do Oregon. Muitos anos atrás eu namorei uma mulher brasileira e ela me ensinou um pouco de português e foi divertido para mim entrar em uma conversa e chocar seus amigos !. Esqueci a maioria, mas adoro seus vídeos. Obrigado por compartilhar sua vida conosco. (OK – Eu trapacei e usei o Google Translate durante a maior parte disso. A única palavra que lembrei é 'Obrigado'.)

  42. Aluminum and steel dont mix.. I would buy a specific fuel tank coating to match your steel. You can buy stainless steel tank coatings. Maybe that will be ok?

  43. Wow amazing job, the yellow paint look awesome inside the tank. But I don't understand for which reason you want to paint it again??? If that paint sit in that boat for more than 25 years full of diesel with out any issues, for what give you all that work to re-paint it? It's galvanized steel + yellow paint with diesel he can't rust at all…

  44. I am very impressed with this young couple. They are diligent, safety conscious and they hire experts when needed. This old guy wishes them the very best and am looking forward to seeing the end result.

  45. Ahh. Yes. Diesel. That's my favorite kind of weed to smoke on a sail boat ! Invite me. Please.22 yr old diesel that I bet would be a trip.

  46. Cute Couple …!!! Doing things together you both Love…. how i wish i will have a partner like that who share same passion with me…..

  47. My best advise is not to paint the tanks, more chance the paint will not adhere to the existing paint, also the fuel is an oil that will prevent rust.

  48. I love the positivity and your happiness brings a smile to my face! Thank you for making such a great series and I look forward to your episodes on the water!!!

  49. Always after watching your channel I appreciate how kind and respectful you two are toward one another, stay in love you are such a wonderful couple. Great video, thank you.

  50. You could use fuel bladders instead of painting but this would add to the cost of the project as you would have to get them specially made to fit if you can't find the correct size. https://www.liquidcontainment.com.au/category/2/Fuel-Bladders

  51. just my opinion, but ,,, I think all that work, was not necessary with the tank. But as you say, at least now you know

  52. You two are so smart to figure all this out and get those tanks cleaned and diesel recycled. Happy omelette making! 🙂 <3

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