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Beaner posted 02-20-2004 03:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Beaner   Send Email to Beaner  

I am in the process of planning my install of a 24 gallon pate tank in a new Montauk. I have a couple of questions for those that have already installed a Pate on the 170.

1. How do you secure the two mounting blocks in the aft section of the tank/RPS. After looking at my wood diagram, it appears that there is wood for the two forward and two side blocks, but NO wood behind the RPS. Is there a way to secure the blocks without wood?

2. How did you set up the fuel line? I was think about either a male quick connect right from the tank (leaving the existing connection on fuel line), or running the line directly to the tank using a 90 degree elbow (which I am having a tough time finding but I know they exist). The quick connect would be easier, but I don't know if there will be enough clearance for the male quick connect under the RPS.

3. Has anyone put anything under the tank before installation (such as dri-deck or some other type of mat?) or just rest the tank on the deck?

Sorry if I am over analyzing this thing but I have never done any type of mod/maintenance on a boat and just have first time jitters. Thanks.

Jimm posted 02-20-2004 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Beans, I don't have a Pate as I opted for a custom aluminum but here goes.
1)You're right there is no wood there but with the tank loaded and the strap hold downs on there isn't that much pressure. Mine has never moved.Drill a 3/16 hole for each screw about twice as deep as the screw will go into the deck. Fill it with epoxy. Let it dry and tap it for a SS machine screw.

2)I used a 90 degree quick connect. I'm pretty sure I purchased it at West Marine.

3)I used solid rubber feet which measure about an inch square and 1/4 inch high. I permanenly glued them to the bottom of the tank. Purchased them in HD. Probably used a dozen and a half.

The tanks been in for more than a year and there have been no problems. I took it out this past October to inspect the bottom but then again you're using Pate. Oh yes, I think Pate uses bungy cords. I used one inch wide black straps with male and female ends. I permanently attached them to the RPS hold down aluminum angles. I removed the angle and drilled and tapped it for machine screws. No part of the screw protrudes below the angle so there's no deck hole there....Jim

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