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follow-up to montauk gas tank question
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posted 06-01-2000 09:22 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the suggestions below. I noticed several folks rely upon teak chocks or blocks. Any idea what the dimensions are? I'm willing to make some, but I'd like to ensure that they're high enough to hold the tank in place while hopefully remaining low enough to allow the tank to be slid over them for maintenance access without removing them.
Thanks again. DVR
posted 06-01-2000 09:35 PM ET (US)
Since there's bound to be some varation between the models, I'd just get some 2x4's and 1x's and play around with them.
best - don
posted 06-02-2000 09:01 AM ET (US)
My Montauk is down at the lake, so I can't give you exact dimensions. However, the chocks keeping my tank in place are really tiny. As I said on the previous thread, bungee chord keeps the tank from hopping up and down in choppy seas. The chocks keep the tank from sliding around and provide a mounting surface for the stainless steel eyes to which the bungee chord hooks attach. Therefore, the chocks only need to be large enough to provide an adequate mount for the bungee chord eyes. As a result the things are so small you don't even notice them.
As far as tank removal is concerned, you shouldn't have to. I bought my Montauk new in '89, and have never had to move or remove the tank. It's fiberglass, so there is really nothing to do. (However, now that I think about it, it could use a fresh coat of paint.) Just make sure that the tank's gas line attachment point and filler cap are located at the edge of the tank, not in the center. This way you should have no problems refueling or changing a fuel line.
posted 06-02-2000 09:25 AM ET (US)
As an after thought, I think a comment about fuel tank placement is appropriate.
In order to facilitate refueling, my 27-gallon tank is not centered directly under the seat. It is positioned slightly aft, so that the gas cap is accessible without having to slide the tank out from under the seat. Yes, the tank sticks out from under the aft edge of the seat a little, but it doesn't get in the way. Even when my kids were small the tank didn't hamper their ability to sit in the seat facing rearward as I drove the boat from a standing position. This is the only viable option when you have a gas tank this large. After refueling, a full tank would weigh close to 200 lbs. That's a lot of weight to be sliding up over chocks.
posted 06-02-2000 08:21 PM ET (US)
On pg 245 of the 2000 West Marine catalog shows a Tempo fuel tank Hold Down Assembly. I believe this kit has the small teak blocks.
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