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thunderbay posted 10-10-2000 12:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for thunderbay   Send Email to thunderbay  

On a 13ft whaler with the 6gal
metal gas tank, do I just leave
that loose on the floor? trap it
down? On place told me to put a
mat under it, but I'm a bit
nervous with static electricty
and hat not. Thanks, Shawn
rwest posted 10-15-2000 08:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
My experience with the Whaler is to use a rubber mat under it to protect the hull and to reduce sliding. I'd also strap it down. The older 16's have the wooden dowel under the console to hold the tanks in place and it worked very well on my first Whaler. The folks I know with 13's will often strap them under the rear bench seat. Problem with this is it adds a bit of weight to the stern where the motor weight already lowers the transom.
lhg posted 10-16-2000 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
In my estimation, the best gas tanks to use on the 13, 15 & 17' Sport models (Mahogany thwart seats) are the long, low, red plastic models made by Tempo. These were specifically designed to fit under the thwart seats of these Boston Whalers. Cost about $80, and come in 12, 15 & 18 gallon capacities, depending how high they are (between 6 & 8"). Install them so you have some "heel" space for your feet when sitting, and so that the filler cap is clear of the rear edge of the seat, so the tank doesn't have to be moved for filling.
bigz posted 10-16-2000 01:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
To much weight in the rear I think Larry!


lhg posted 10-16-2000 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Tom: Since I no longer have a 13 and you do, I could be wrong on this. However, BW routinely showed 13 Sports in the catalogs with a battery in the center, in front of the splash well, and a 6 gal tank on each side in the stern. Putting the tank under the seat actually moves the weight forward a little.
The 18 gallon tanks were designed for the 15 or 17's. Clark, what's the word on this!
bigz posted 10-16-2000 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Larry -- well the old mullet man Clark told me not to do it --- if I could manage under the front seat ok but don't use a bigger tank rear than a 6 gal --- I could have gotten a brand new one for $50 decided to pass after his advice --- Tom

PS CR will jump in I'm sure but I know he is tied up for a couple of days being grandpa ---

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