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wrmann posted 01-01-2005 07:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for wrmann   Send Email to wrmann  
I just took delivery of a 2005 Sport 130 with a Merc 40. The boat came with the standard 6 gal. tank mounted under the rear seat. I'm looking for suggestions for an additional tank. Is there a particular model that works best? Should I replace the 6 gal. with a 12 gal. model or just get a spare 6 gal. tank? Thanks in advance.


Moe posted 01-01-2005 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I like being able to take the 6 gallon tanks up to the gas station in the truck bed.

Will two of them fit longitudinally under the port side of the seat?


dittybag54 posted 01-03-2005 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for dittybag54  Send Email to dittybag54     
Congratulations on your new boat, Bill! Small it may be but for us, it was effortlessly transportable fun last year.

Fuel tank options have been tossed around here before and will be again but it's a topic that always catches my interest. That may be because there aren’t that many things to ponder on with a boat as simple as ours (not much discussion on where to mount the radar on the 130) Answers on the fuel tank question vary; we carry an identical extra tank right behind the original and swap connections when needed. On days when the main tank will probably be enough, we just take a small spare jug as insurance. Like Moe, it's been good for us to carry the tanks to a gas station. Others have gone the permanent tank route which someday we might also do if we see an installation we really like; haven’t yet.

Something to look out for which we found at the end of the season: watch for wear under the portable tank. We had trailered quite a bit this year and failed to consider those nasty feet on the corners of the Mercury tank. They had made four indentions in the floor and worn the non-skid in the gelcoat considerably. We will use a mat or take the tank out when transporting over any distance from now on.


skred posted 01-04-2005 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Amen to the tank mat solution. I found a very inexpensive alternative at a local store: it's a "boot mat", designed for folks to put their winter/dirty boots on after removing them inside the house entry. I "inherited" one when I bought my house. I'm going to measure it to be sure, but it appears as though it is almost the same dimensins as the old Montauk tank mats. I'll follow up on the size.
I plan to carry a small auxiliary 2.5 gallon gas jug initially on my newly-acquired 130 Sport. With a 40 4-stroke - that's plenty of reserve. Small footprint, too...
HuronBob posted 01-04-2005 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    

Unless you're going to be pulling that to the BIG waters, you will probably find that you don't need an extra tank.

I purchased a 130 Sport this past summer and asked the same question you did. I've found, however, that I can pretty much play around all day and not use up a tank of gas. I've determined that, for my use, there isn't any point in hauling around an extra tank.

Before you spend money or drill holes, you might want to try just throwing a spare can of gas in the boat for a while as you determine your actual need based on how you use the boat.

and.. you're gonna love this boat...!


sinjun posted 01-04-2005 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for sinjun  Send Email to sinjun     
i just got a spare tank for my 02 sport, i only plan on using it when i take the boat to destin for the gulf and intercoastal. i got my tank at bass pro, a 6 gal. for only $14.00 plus $6.00 for the mercury fitting and $5.00 for the tank strap. i figured for that little amount of money why not. it should give me an 80 to 90 mile range.
wrmann posted 01-06-2005 07:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for wrmann  Send Email to wrmann     
Thanks for all the informative replies. I bought a spare 6 gal tank for $15 and the Merc fitting for another $7. Most likely I'll just keep the spare tank in the boat when I plan on being out all day. The mat idae is something I'll look into. Sounds like an easy solution to a potential problem. My son and I are going to Lake Hartwell, GA tomorrow for a quick day trip before he heads back to college.

Hope everyone has a wonderful new year.


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