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sanjaun2 posted 06-07-2004 08:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for sanjaun2   Send Email to sanjaun2  
I am adding a 12 gallon fuel tank to my 2004 130 sport for extra range, I will probably also keep my 6gal tank as well. Should I mount it under the aft bench in place of the 6 gallon? Would the boat handle better if I mounted it under the foward bench seat? Does the 130 handle better with the extra weight foward? Or aft?
Moe posted 06-07-2004 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Isn't the forward bench seat lower than the rear? Will either of the tanks fit under the forward seat? The battery probably will.

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jimh posted 06-08-2004 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In general, when adding weight to a boat it is desirable to keep the weight close to the centerline of the boat, and to keep the weight out of the extreme ends of the boat. I would locate the larger fuel tank under the rear seat and the smaller tank under the forward seat.
Jarhead posted 06-08-2004 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
For what it's worth...

On my '03 130 Sport a battery W/box will fit under the forward seat (barely). However an OE 6Gal fuel tank will not.

Moe posted 06-08-2004 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Definitely try to put the 12 gallon tank on the port side under the aft seat. That's the only place (besides the battery location) under that seat that has reinforcement under the floor. The 6 gallon tank can go on the starboard side under the aft seat.

I'd probably move the battery up under the forward seat, on the port side if you're going to be operating solo very often. It's going to get beat up a little worse there, so I'd recommend an Optima AGM battery. In lengthening them, I'd also upgrade the battery cables to a larger gauge to account for the voltage drop of the longer run.

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Moe

sanjaun2 posted 06-08-2004 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for sanjaun2  Send Email to sanjaun2     
all good ideas, I'll probably do exactly that. except maybe moving the battery. I installed a volt guage in the dash last night. I was surprised at how thick the fiberglass was on the control station. However, I was horrified to see the quality of the wiring at the battery. I replaced the connections there,added some lock washers, and tightened the wing nuts. they were not even finger tight!!! I am surprised the boat started so well.
jimh posted 06-08-2004 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The battery is added and installed by the dealer, not by the factory. You should mention this to the dealer who delivered your boat so that he can better prepare other customer's boats.

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