Now we had a couple of choices. We could probably repair the tank and go on our way, but there is always the possibility that another leak would develop, and we didn't want that to happen in the Bahamas. We have another tank and we could use the good tank, but that would cut our available fresh water in half. This is not something we wanted to deal with in the Bahamas where water can be hard to find in some areas. Of course, the other possibility, and the one we chose, was to replace the tank now while we had easy access to services and facilities. We could have replaced it ourselves, but decided not to for a couple of reasons. First, we didn't feel like it and second, we would have to deal with removing and disposing a large heavy tank while at anchor using our dinghy and no vehicle. Then there was the decision on what type of material to use for the new tank. Ideally we might have decided on a plastic tank. But after checking with the major manufacturers, we found only one that had a tank close to the size we needed and even their ready-made tanks are not ready-made. The standard sizes are still not made until you order them and it would have taken two to three weeks at least to get it to us. So we decided to have one made locally, and the material of choice was stainless steel since the old tank was stainless steel as well as the other existing water tank.
Marathon Boat Yard in the past and know the owners. The yard has always had an excellent reputation and, as usual, they did not let us down. The morning we arrived, they were on the boat, gave us a fair estimate, and, once we okayed it, ordered the new tank to be made at Keys Welding, right down the street. The estimate for the fabrication of the new tank was actually a little less than we expected and ETA to the boat was two to three days. The day after we arrived, the yard removed the old tank and Keys Welding picked it up to use the dimensions and placement for the fittings. The yard techs didn't fool around and the old tank was out in less than an hour.