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JohnJ80 posted 09-17-2001 05:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for JohnJ80   Send Email to JohnJ80  
I just bought a Dauntless 15. Its got a Johnson 70hp 2 stroke that comes with the standard 6gal can.

I'd like to either add a permanent tank under the seat or a larger port tank that I can strap down (less theft problems etc..) The 6 gal can isn't enough and I would like to avoid 2 6 gal cans.

I have looked at the Tempo tanks etc... but I would like to hear what others do.

Comments?

John.

JBCornwell posted 09-19-2001 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, John. Like hundreds of others I have a Tempo tank strapped down under the seat of my Montauk.

At first it wouldn't fit (It is the big 28 gallon model. Bigger than many people use)because of the tall cap and it stuck out about 6". That was not all bad, because I could read the (horribly inaccurate) mechanical guage and I could fill 'er up without unstrapping, but I wanted that 6" of deck back.

It took a while and about fifty bux worth of low profile caps from other applications that didn't fit before I found that the replacement cap for garden tractor tanks sold by Wal-Mart fits the tank and the tank fits all the way under my seat. I have to unstrap her and slide her out a bit to read the guage or refill.

The smaller tanks are easier to fit. My son's Montauk has an 18 gallon tank in the same place with the original tall cap.

Hope that helps.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

JohnJ80 posted 09-19-2001 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Thanks JB.

I don't think the 28 gallon will fit under the Dauntless 15 seat - only have 35" in length and the 28 gal tank is 36". I think if I measured out the 19 gallon one from Tempo it will work. I need to get some stainless steel strapping to permanently mount it too.

The gauge is/would be a pain to read. I had given thought to carrying a small 3 gal one so that if i run out, I can get to the marina to fill.

The other option that I had looked at was to put the 19 gal tank in, and put in an electrical fuel gauge. I'm pretty handy, but electrical stuff around gasoline makes me nervous. The other problem is that I can't (from casual inspection) find a good way to get from the seat to the console for the wires.

Any ideas there?

John

Dick posted 09-20-2001 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
John

Try Pate Plastics in Florida, 305-754-0896.
They make a beautiful fiberglass tank for your boat, if I remember right it is 15 gallons.

Dick

JohnJ80 posted 09-23-2001 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Just for reference, the 19 gal tempo tank doesn't fit. The gas outlet, when fitted with the OMC connector is jammed up against the lip of the seat. The cap also doesn't fit (too high) but I think this would be remedied with the Walmart cap.

The dims of the 19 gal temp tank are ok, but if the gauge/outlet assembly were farther away from the edge, all would be much better. I think from what has been posted here, the Montauk seat and the Dauntless seats have different dimensions. The 28 gallon tank would fit if I had another 1-2" of usable room underneath.

I really wanted the ability to unplug the gas hose - and that just won't work with the OMC connector pressed up against the seat. I suppose I could take the router to the seat lip and make it fit, but I wonder if this wouldn't weaken the seat - another whole set of problems.

So, I will either go for a smaller, permanent installed Tempo tank and mount a gage in the dash or try the Pate Plastics solution.

For now, its back to the dual 6 gal tanks. Not optimum either.

John

JohnJ80 posted 10-07-2001 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Just an update...

I decided to go with the Pate Plastics Tank. The whole thing is designed to fit perfectly under the seat, the cap is safety pressure vented and i think the visual (clear through the side of the tank) gauge is a great idea.

I'm going to order one over the winter and install it.

These plastic tanks (Tempo's) just seem to be a bit iffy.

John

huladick posted 10-09-2001 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for huladick  Send Email to huladick     
I have a Pate 15 gal in my 15 Dauntless. Gives me about 5 hours running time. I still carry an extra 6 for long trips. Do you know if Pate has a web site ? I have searched, but found nothing. Thanks.

Dick

JohnJ80 posted 10-14-2001 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I looked for a website too, but could find nothing. I don't think they are particularily high tech - you can't even place an order with a credit card, you have to send them a check!

Seems to me that they could probably really increase business if they had a either.

Just my $0.02.

John

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