Leon Bowles, a marine industry professional with his workshop located at Boat Lagoon Marina, bought the Whitby 42 in May 2011. He had the boat hauled out and placed on the hard. Leon then began work on a total refit that would take nearly 4 months to complete.
The very first task in the refit involved removing the 30 year old Ford Lehman 80 hp motor from the engine room. This involved first removing the steering pedestal which includes engine gauge panel.
They ended up with two chain blocks pulling from the main boom, one to the front of the engine and one to the back so as to be able to angle the engine. It came out on it's end with the gearbox pointing almost straight down, with at least two changes of lifting point while it was suspended.
Leon transported the engine back to the his shop where work could easily progress.
The original aluminum fuel tank in the keel has been a source of problems for Whitby owners in later years. The tanks would develop small pinhole leaks due to aluminum corrosion. Most Whitby owners just give up on the tank and don't use it. Leon decided to remove the tank and build in a whole new one.
The tank had to be cut into pieces with a grinder and yanked out with a chain hoist. It was encased in foam insulation which made the removal even more difficult. It took Leon over 16 hours of grinding and yanking, pounding, and bending just to get the first half of the tank removed
Next came the task of building a new fiberglass tank right into the keel
This tank is located under the engine compartment. When finished, the engine is mounted over this tank. Only the inspection plate is visible.
The fiberglass work for the keel fuel tank was finished and the engine tray was glassed back in and painted. A stainless lid for the inspection hatch was fabricated with fittings for fill, breather, suction etc. Holes were drilled and tapped in the top of the tank for the inspection plate.