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george nagy posted 04-23-2002 11:54 AM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
I'm planning on replacing my vro tank and keeping the location in the console. Any problems? I'm replacing the floor with starboard and cutting out for the two batteries to recesses and sit on the deck towards the front. I think that I will do the same for the oil tank putting it near the rear door on the starboard side.

I don't like the stuff in the motorwell.

lhg posted 04-23-2002 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
A lot of people have done that and seem to like it. But not me. I value my console space too much for dry storage of many items. When the Outrages were new, BW always specified the batteries in the splash well, 18-22's. But the real problem with these famous Classic Outrage designs, 18-22, was no great space for the oil tanks, since these boats were pre-oil injection.

So some Dealers put them in the splash well, and some in the console. Unfortunately, the most popular engine solution for these notched transom Outrages, was a big, oil injected single, from this perspective the worst powering solution, resulting in this location compromise, neither being a great answer.

What these boats really call for, which eliminates the need for remote oil tanks altogether, is either the old pre-mixers, a pair of smaller twins with engine mounted tanks like Merc and Yamaha, or newer 4-strokes.

All of this is one of the reason BW came out with the full transom Whaler Drives, which hides all of this stuff. When they did the 25 Outrage, they also provided hiding places in each corner.

whalerron posted 04-23-2002 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I value what little console space I have but I value deckspace even more. For that reason, I have my oiltank in the console. I also like the fact that the tank is protected from the sun, the rain and people who will sit or stand on just about anything.
acseatsri posted 04-23-2002 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
My vote goes to keeping it in the motorwell. I've moved my batteries into the console, but left the tank in the motorwell since it's not a lot of weight. Tank is in a battery box. I'd fear oil spills trying to fill it in the console and the ensuing oil trail running across the deck.
Whalerdan posted 04-24-2002 07:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Just went to a new engine with VRO. Use to premix. Put new oil tank in console as I didn't want in on the deck to be tripping over. The line has a pump bulb, which I always check before cold start. I'm a little concerned about starving the engine for oil with a line this long, but what the hell. It's under warrenty and was installed by the dealer.
stagalv posted 04-24-2002 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
I have the oil tank, two batteries and an onboard battery charger mounted in the console. Sure it takes up space but there is no way I am going to have all (or most)of that on my back deck. The sun and elements would take it's toll in a short time.
Anyone who has a 13,15 or 17 surely know that stowage area is very limited. All we can do is stow our gear in the proper place and take less crap out on the boat. ]

How about building some kind of shelf system in the console? That would create some more space. Rex

reelescape1 posted 04-24-2002 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
My 22' OR has 2 batteries in original white Whaler boxes and a Yam oil tank and now a Bennet hyd. unit under the console. I wouldn't want them anywhere else.
Peter posted 04-24-2002 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
My thought is that the splashwell is the lesser of the two evils for two reasons: (1) you want to have the oil line as short as possible on the OMC VRO since it draws directly from the tank and (2) you will inevitably spill oil and so your dry storage in the console will be compromised.
dfmcintyre posted 04-25-2002 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I've got both batteries and the oil tank in the console, mounted on the deck, via cutouts. I also raised the console 4 inches, so just the lids of the batteries, and the tank is pretty much flush to the floor.


WSTEFFENS posted 04-26-2002 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for WSTEFFENS  Send Email to WSTEFFENS     
Do not put the VRO tank in the splash well under any circumstances. I had an 86 Revenge with twin 110's and had a large (5 gal) common VRO oil tank placed centrally in the splash well. Due to its location and normal operation exposure to splash and launching sea exposure, small amounts of water worked into the tank via filler cap and port fittings. On fire up in the spring of 91 both power heads were popped by the VRO water contamination.

The dealer and OMC paid for the dammage as I had traded the boat in on a 25', however I and the rigger learned a serious lesson.

Around here, VRO tanks were generally (on outrage models) put in matching BW battery box's in the transom area opposite side of the battery. The BW battery box provides spill protection as well as a flood proof container for the oil tank, along with camouflage.


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