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msr posted 06-13-2001 10:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for msr   Send Email to msr  
I have a 1964 Sakonnet that came with two 12 gallon steel Tempo fuel tanks which are stored below the console. One of the tanks can no longer be used. I would like find an old replacement tank or use newer plastic tanks. Is it possible to store about 25 gallons of fuel below the console with the newer Tempo plastic tanks without modifying the console (that cap looks like it stands pretty darn high)? Any suggestions would be appreciated
JDH posted 06-14-2001 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for JDH  Send Email to JDH     
I wonder about the gas in the console: I don't have any real fear of the vapors, but in pondering what I want for a console, I really want to keep all my stuff in the console so I can reach it when running. (Beer, float coat, warm jacket, spotlight, binoc's, etc)Putting a tank in there would eliminate 60% or more of the useful space.

BTW - I notice a lot of consoles are cut so the water can flow under them. Is this really necessary, or is it because it is easier than mating it to the floor.

rwest posted 06-18-2001 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I just redid a 30+ y.o. Nauset. Did the rebuild with a friend. (photos have been sent in for post) I use two 7.5Gal plastic Tempo tanks under the console but two 12 gal Tempos would have worked. Problem is that 12 gal tanks are too heavy to lift into the boat after refilling (I'm into safety). I know that gas can accumilate in the tunnel on the older whaler and since the wiring goes thru the same tunnel, any frayed wire can cause a spark and then real problems start. I had a tank over pressurize last week in a heat wave and fuel was all over the boatf. Lucky for me my wife smelled it from the house and I pored in 409 cleaner and flushed the interior with lots of water. As for the opening ahead of the console due to the contour in the hull.... Keep it, it will havep air move into the fuel area and keep the fumes out. I also carry twin 6.5 gal tanks under the front seatahead of the console. Gives me better than 25 gallons and all of my "eggs" are not in one basket. This also adds weight ahead of the console so when I'm on a plane there is less chance of getting flipped by air under the hull.
Bigshot posted 06-18-2001 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
rwest, I agree on your concerns except 12 gallons of gas is not going to keep you from flipping. Unless you drive like me, you will never come close to fipping. If for some reason you do, the gas tanks will hit you in the head and so will the anchor in the front locker. FYI:)
bigz posted 06-18-2001 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Hey Ron, finally finished great news can't wait to see the photos.

Good idea putting the spare gas up front with the main tanks under the console the trim should be about right to keep her nice and stable in most Chesapeake conditions.

If your thinking of asking --- , no I have not had the time to fit those 15' rails on the 13 just to dang busy right now (actually since Feb)with our other boats. Will get to it this summer since I have promised a tubing boat will be ready for use by mid-July -- chuckle ---

Tom

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