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Fish Stick posted 05-13-2005 02:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for Fish Stick   Send Email to Fish Stick  
I wanted to introduce myself and thank everyone for the great information on the site.

I have a new 130 and am trying to add an additional battery and center the weight of the fuel. Unfortunately with the center bench support the existing 6 gallon tank will not fit with a battery next to it.

What have others done to resolve this problem? Are there any 5 or 6 gal tanks that will fit on each side of the support without sticking out?

Thanks for your help.


Royboy posted 05-13-2005 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Why do you want to "center the weight of the fuel"? I have a 2000 model 13 Sport (nearly identical to the 130) and the weight of the fuel helps with the static trim side-to-side (offsetting the weight of the skipper). My boat doesn't have a center support, but I'm assuming yours has one on the rear thwart? Anyway, I put my 2nd battery under the front thwart to help get some weight forward.

13 Sport

Fish Stick posted 05-13-2005 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
Thanks for the response Roy.

I wanted the 2nd battery to help balance the boat while in the slip and to provide extra power for electronics and a pump on a bait tank.

If the fuel tank is less than absolutely full, the boat leans to the starboard side and will not completely drain with the center plug removed. Up to 1/2" of water remains on the starboard side.

A battery should balance out the boat and centered fuel will make no difference how much is in the tank.

Extra fuel to increase range is a bonus since I have rigged the boat for fishing and can easily cover 30 miles in one day.

Only about 20 lbs in gear has been permenatly installed on the boat. This includes LED deck lighting under the seats, a gaff under the middle seat, a 3 switch circuit breaker panel for the pump, electronics and lighting, Smart Craft Guage, small fire extinguisher, Doelfin, and 6 rod holders on the seat backs.

The bait tank is about another 15 or 20 lbs dry, and the anchor and chain add another 25, but the boat still holds water even when both are removed.


Royboy posted 05-13-2005 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I got ya, Fish Stick. Just make sure you can live with the trim while underway before you bolt anything down. My 175 lbs carcass makes my boat tilt a little bit to starboard when I'm alone with a full tank of gas (6.6 gals). With a passenger, it levels out pretty good. I would feel beter about having more gas aboard for when I venture out on the big water, but I get some pretty amazing mileage out of my 25 hp 4-stroke. Anyway, she a little finicky about weight distribution.

13 Sport

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