So your indicating that removing the console is not necessary because there is a cross brace aft of the console that creates the forward wall of the tank coffin?
There is a brace, but not a wall. the wall that separates the gas tank compartment from the fresh water tank compartment is further towards the bow. That wall is roughly halfway through the inside of the center console.
If you can figure out a way to cut the floor without unbolting the console, then you could get away with out touching it, but, chances are, you'd at least have to unbolt it and raise it like i did in order to have room to work under/near it.
And, 3" forward of the aft "molded in line" would miss the aft cross brace which creates the rear wall of the tank coffin? And use the fore and aft "molded lines" as a guide to cut through the middle of? Do I have it or not??
Yes, That sounds correct. The "molded lines" that run in the stern-to-bow direction, if you cut them out, are just a teeny bit wider than the tank itself (about 23" wide and the tank is 21" wide). it's the lines that run port-to-starboard that are misleading.
So I'm thinking (
) If I popped the pie plate over the tank, ran a tape FWD and Aft, and measured where it hit, I would come up short of the console, and short of the aft side-to-side molded line? Thanks
not exactly..... in your mind, separate the "brace" that runs port-to-starboard under the console from the "wall" that ends the gas tank compartment. the "wall" is ..umm.. i dont know.. 24" or so forward of the brace.. maybe more.. im not at home to measure right now..
If your boat is like mine, and the round hatches on the floor are installed at the factory, then you'll have a round hatch that almost touches the console. if you have that round hatch, imagine the cut that runs from port-to-starboard will cut into that hatche's hole all the way forward.
better yet, if you have that round hatch, open it, and you'll see the brace right there.
also feel the fiberglass with your hand in that area and you'll see how impossible it would be to cut over/around it.
short of removing the whole deck/floor, which i really dont want to do, i dont see how else the gas tank could be pulled out.