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Speedo66 posted 09-24-2004 08:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for Speedo66   Send Email to Speedo66  
Cabela's carries Moeller brand, and BoatUS carries Tempo fuel tanks. Both are about the same size, but a substantial difference in price.

Does anyone have any experience with either brand and their quality? I am in the market for a 26-gallon above deck tank. Thanks

John O posted 09-24-2004 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
28 Gallon Tempo can be bought at www.bassproshops.com for $99.00 + 10 UPS. (109). BoatUS will run about 189.00 I do not suggest Tempo fuel lines. Get a good high quality grade (Black). The gray lines are not as durable.
Speedo66 posted 09-25-2004 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
Unfortunately, that particular tank is too high to fit under my seat. I need either a 27-gallon Tempo or a 26-gallon Moeller. The Tempo runs about $200, the Moeller $115. Just curious if one is worth that much more than the other for almost the same size.
John O posted 09-26-2004 01:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
The Tempo above deck tank is often called a 27 Gallon and/or a 28 Gallon. They do not make both. $200.00 at west Marine , yes. $99.00 at Bass Pro.

Some catalogs list the Tempo as either 27 gal or 28. They are one in the same. I called Tempo and verified this last year when I bought my 27/28 gallon tank. Tempo stated that they have had some confusion over this.

$200.00 is way too much for that tank.

Tempo C 2814 (27 gallon tank) 30"L x 19 1/2"W x 14"H

They also have a new low profile fuel tank cap:

www.tempoproducts.com

John from Madison CT posted 09-26-2004 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Just an opinion:

WEST MARINE IS A RIP OFF !!!!

I say that not only regarding the Tempo Fuel tanks, but for many many items. It is almost always safe to assume that you can find nearly any product much cheaper than what West Marine charges.

Locally, we have Boaters World near us, and they are typically 40% cheaper on products like cleaners, dock lines, electrical supplies, etc etc etc.... The list goes on and on.

Speedo66 posted 09-26-2004 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
Bass Pro lists the 28 Tempo tank as being 16" high, other catalogs list a 27 as being 14" high, I need the 14".
jimh posted 09-26-2004 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't believe there is a marked difference in the quality of Tempo tanks versus Moeller tanks in their smaller, on-deck red plastic tanks. There is a significant difference in the price at which these tanks are sold. Shop around. Bass Pro Shop's have a 12-gallon tank for about $50, and this seems to be a good price point.

If you must purchase a particular tank due to height restrictions, you simply have to look for the best price on that model. I would not avoid buying a Tempo tank, although in general I think their other fuel line products (like primer bulbs, hoses, fittings) are not OEM quality.

Boston Whaler uses Moeller tanks in their Conquest boats.

jimh posted 09-26-2004 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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jimh posted 09-26-2004 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Also see:

On-deck Fuel Tanks
http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/onDeckFuelTank.html

Speedo66 posted 09-26-2004 03:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
If Boston Whaler is using Moeller tanks as original equipment on one of it's boats, that answers my question. Just happens to be the less expensive one also. Win win. Thanks to all.
fitn217 posted 09-26-2004 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for fitn217  Send Email to fitn217     
I have the Moeller tank in my 170 Whaler. I chose this one because of the price and problems I heard associated with the Tempo tank. I have no problems in two years with the Moeller and am satisfied with it.
John O posted 09-26-2004 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Tempo specs are 14" in height.
John O posted 09-26-2004 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Speedo66,

Again the 27/28 is the same tank they do not make a 27 AND a 28. Whether you buy the "27 Gallon" tank or the "28 Gallon" you will get the EXACT same product.

The tank used to come with a high profile cap. Now it is a low profile. The low profile accounts for the variation you are finding from some retailers. Look at the Tempo website for the most updated info.(14" Height)

The model C2817 is the only model in the 27/28 gallon range. There was some confusion on the manufactures end with regards to the fill line which accounted for the 1 gallon difference. You can put 28 gallons in the tank ,but 1 gallon will be above the fill line.

Is the Moeller less than the $99.00 27/28 gal Tempo Tank from Bass Pro Shops?

Speedo66 posted 09-27-2004 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
John, if that's the case, and it looks like you've done your research, then Bass Pro would be the cheapest. Thanks for the info!
LHG posted 09-27-2004 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
I've been away and missed this thread, but I have a different opinion, now having owned and used both brands.

I believe Tempo makes a higher quality product, mainly because the plastic they use seems stronger, and is more dimensionally stable, less likely to "bulge" and deflect under load. They now have a nice new low profile cap design. Be sure to get one with the new cap.

I recently bought a pair of Moeller 20 gallon tanks from Cabela's. First of all, I am only able to get 19 gallons into them, which is what Tempo advertizes for their same model. The tanks work fine, seems well made, and does not leak at all. But they are somewhat misformed and bulge out under load, more than the Tempo tanks do. Not real pretty. Nor do I like the integral fuel gage float cap, an awkward detail. The quality of the finish on the red plastic is also inferior to Tempo's smoother, and redder, finish, easier to keep clean and better looking. If I had it to do again, I would buy Tempo.

Shoreway Marine also sells the big Tempo 27/28 gallon tank for $100.

John - You referred to some place by the name of West Marine? I had always thought the name of that place was Theft Marine

John O posted 09-27-2004 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
LHG- You got that right. I consider myself frugal, not cheap and have found much lower pricing either though my local independent store or via catalog.

I do not care for West Marines membership program either.

flawton posted 09-28-2004 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for flawton  Send Email to flawton     
I have the 26 gallon moeller under the rps in my newport. I got it from cabellas for around $100 "if I remeber correctly". 2 seasons and the only problem after 2 seasons is that the gauge on the cap no longer works.
whale tauk posted 09-30-2004 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for whale tauk  Send Email to whale tauk     
West Marine is indeed expensive. I always take advantage of their internet price match. From VHF's to fishing poles and reels I've probably saved 40+ percent on stuff. Their poicy is to match price except shipping and sales tax. They hate it when I bring in the "free shipping" invoices.

Because I added a 13 gallon livewell at the stern I chose 2 OEM 6.5 gallon tanks strapped on the front cooler on non-skid. I can go 80 NM's or more fishing and balance the weight of the livewell a bit better.

whale tauk

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