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wjriling posted 05-21-2004 10:59 AM ET (US)   Profile for wjriling   Send Email to wjriling  
Thank you to all who responded to my question regarding PWC synthetic oil treatment. You all make much more sense than my co-workers.
If anyone can help with this next question that would be great.
Right now I have a six gallon gas tank on the port side of my 13 ft whaler in the stern. My battery is in the stern on the starboard side. I have a two stroke 25HP Mercury.

When I am out on my boat alone the whaler tends to list a bit starboard (I have a side console). I am certain that is because of my added weight on that side.

What I am thinking of doing is adding another six gallon tank on the port side right next to the other tank. If I am out alone I will have both tanks filled and if someone else is out with me I will carry only one tank. I figure that two filled tanks will help offset the weight.Having an extra tank when I am out alone will also allow me to go farther.

My question is, will putting both tanks in the stern mess up the trim by making the boat stern heavy? Or is six gallons of additional weight in the stern of little conseqence to the overall trim of the boat.

I appreciate any suggestions.

Regards,
Wendy

Tom W Clark posted 05-22-2004 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Wendy,

A full six gallon gas tank weighs about 50 pounds, so it will help a bit. There's nothing wrong with having a pair of six gallon tanks in a Sport 13. In fact that was the usual arrangement.

I suggest you think about moving the battery to the middle on the boat where Boston Whaler intended for it to go. Place the battery just in front of the splashwell where there is imbedded wood for the battery box tie downs. That in itself will help alleviate the list to starboard.

You are always free to shift gear around in the boat to even out the load on any given day. That's just part of boating.

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