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ratherwhalering posted 05-07-2002 02:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for ratherwhalering   Send Email to ratherwhalering  
I'm planning on ordering a custom canvas cover for my white plastic oil tank, which is mounted in the starboard stern, instead of installing it in a battery box. The tank has never been covered, and is showing some signs of deterioration. After resealing, I decided to forego the battery box. (I have a strict policy of "no new holes") The cover will have a clear plastic sight strip, so I can easily see the oil level. I am ordering Pacific Blue, to match the rest of the boat's canvas. The cost is at least three times that of a battery box, but I think it will look good, be easier to fill, use less space, and allow me to quickly check the oil level. The question is if my vanity for the matching dark blue will cause the oil to expand in direct sunlight, thereby decreasing the viscosity, mix ratio, or cause collateral damage to the VRO. Thats all I need, a blown engine!
whalerron posted 05-07-2002 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Which VRO tank do you have? If you don't know the size, do you have the dimensions? I would be interested in the cover too.


hooter posted 05-07-2002 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Ahm stuck. Do ya spell anal retentive wid a hyphen, or widout?

Ah could swear ya'll is takin 'bout spendin good money fabricatin' a one foot cubic canvas box cover... wid a li'l window onda side. Might be cheaper an' more effective jus ta spray an' wipe down da whole VRO erl tank cover wid Armorall ever few months.

EddieS posted 05-07-2002 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     
Ah cmon Hooter,

Everyone is entitled to spend their money where they see fit. It may not be what you or I would do but each to their own.

My Nissan has the oil resevoir under the cowling of the motor, so I have never been faced with this delima. I would think moving it to the center console is the avenue that I would take, space always being at a premium on a montauk would ultimately make this decision for me. I believe that there have been some threads from earlier posts on locating the VRO tank.

I dont believe that expansion is much of a concern with the oil. Sunlight is the biggest enemy and I think your cover should take care of it. The only thing I would be concerned about is any residual oil on the outside of the tank discoloring your nice blue cover.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.


ratherwhalering posted 05-08-2002 12:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I don't know the dimensions, but I'll check. I'm sure any local canvas maker could make one for just about any VRO tank. I just don't want to fry the engine if the oil gets too hot under that sunbrella. I figure the dark blue will better hide any overspill.

p.s. hoot, obsession is always expensive!

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