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Upgrading Gas Tank in 130 Sport
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posted 10-01-2004 03:55 PM ET (US)
I'd like to upgrade the factory 6 gallon Tempo tank in my '02 130 Sport, but I'm not sure which tank would be ideal. I recently installed the later model seat with the backrests, and also installed center support to keep it from flexing.
I'm assuming others have upgraded the tanks in these boats, so would you kindly tell me what tank you used? The 12 gallon Tempo looks like a viable option, particularly since the aft seat is now deeper as a result of the backrests.
Any advice would be most appreciated.......
posted 10-01-2004 08:42 PM ET (US)
I simply added a second tank under the bench.
Not that I find I need it all that often. But I will have it in on some trips just to be safe. BUt with the support in place thier will not be room for this. :(
I have come to enjoy the flat bench, it just makes moving around for fishing that much eaiser, I can stradel it while trolling.
posted 10-02-2004 01:56 AM ET (US)
Likewise as seattlerocket, we have a spare 6 gallon tank courtesy of my dealer on our '03 130 Sport. We don't always carry it, though.
We run on the spare when it is on board and swap the connection to the main tank when the spare gets low. We keep the spare right behind the main. We carry both tanks mainly when in sounds and bays on the Gulf Coast as we seem to suck down fuel in choppy waters.
With our 40 HP two stroke Mercury we get about 35 to 45 miles on a full tank running in smooth to very light chop conditions. We run most of the time at 4000-4500 RPMs. Naturally this varies from day to day, with different loads, trim and various other reasons but the standard tank serves us well most of the time. Having said the above, I will nevertheless be interested to see what you do. My mind is always open to change if you or someone else comes up with a nice upgrade solution that suits the center seat support configuration.
posted 10-04-2004 10:01 AM ET (US)
My first Whaler was a Sport 13 with a 6 gallon tank. I bought a used 3-gallon tank as "insurance". It stows much like a 2.5 gallon gas container, but has the advantage of connecting right up to the motor. It stows easily in a variety of locations, also.
posted 10-04-2004 01:27 PM ET (US)
The 3 gallon reserve tank, with easy hookup, is a great idea for a 130. 1/3 out, 1/3 back, and 1/3 of capacity for reserve.
posted 10-04-2004 02:22 PM ET (US)
I would look at the Tempo/Moeller long, low profile tank series, offered in three heights (12, 15 & 17 gallon capacities), and buy the largest one that will clear under your thwart seat. These were specifically designed for the Classic Boston Whaler Sport models, 13-17, and should work well in a 130 or 150.
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