fuel tank choices

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by firecat1981, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    Looking for opinions on the pros and cons of fuel tanks, both poly and aluminum, vs portable setups.
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Opinions, eh? Not a problem, always got one. As to usefulness, who knows?

    I've had underdeck aluminum, built in place fiberglass, portable fiberglass, portable metal,
    rotocast underdeck and rotocast portable. Installation is everything, including the portables.
    Don't want tanks shifting postion, visibility to all sides and bottom for inspection.
    Protected from spray, slosh, splash, drips, leaks to prevent water contamination of fuel.
    I prefer 2 tanks, not one large tank. One tank for on the way out and exploring, the other
    for the shortest distance back to the ramp/marina. Also convenient for those trips,
    where the fuel system has a problem, switch over to the other tank to get home.
    2 sets of fuel lines, 2 fills, 2 vents, tanks not interconnected. I like redundancy.

    I prefer rotocast tanks, portable or underdeck. Just have to ensure the top of the tank stays dry
    and that all hoses have the required loop heights and vent/surge stops.

  3. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

    Thanks Brett. I prefer plastic tanks too, but I am leaning towards keeping a portable setup in the next boat. Below deck stuff that I can't see or swap out easily kind of freaks me out a bit.