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Old 07-04-2014, 05:40   #1
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COnverting Diesel tank to Petrol

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I have just converted my water tank to Diesel after installing a watermaker. The thing is I have the original 80 litre stainless Diesel tank. It has a fair bit of crap in it and I gave it a big wash out sometime ago. I would prefer not to use this for Diesel any more but I thought it would make a great storage for petrol and free up a jerry can or 2. Is there any reason this shouldnt be done. It is 8 liter tank.

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Old 07-04-2014, 06:02   #2
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Re: COnverting Diesel tank to Petrol

I don't know what the rules in Oz are but the USCG has some very specific ventilation requirements for storing Gasoline (petrol) below decks. In Florida they can confiscate your boat if your compartment does not meet the ventilation requirements. There are no such rules for diesel tanks so it is unlikely that your diesel storage compartment is adequately ventilated. You might want to consider a bilge blower and additional ventilation. I know a guy that blew up his boat when he sprung a small leak in the filler hose of his below deck petrol tank and didn't blow his bilges. Fortunately he was not seriously injured. It can be done, but please make sure you are able to deal with Petrol fumes in your bilges without killing yourself.
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Ah yes of course the fumes. Didnt really think that through. The tank ventilation exits by the cockpit too. Might just keep it as a diesel and use it as a spare backup or something.
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