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Old 04-05-2012, 12:00   #1
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Fuel Bladder as Semi-Permanent Install ?

The original keel tank is gone. The current setup from the PO is a fuel bladder in a locker. I'd like to get the fuel tank back in the keel. Since I have lots of things to fix, I'd like to use as much of the existing equipment as possible. The fuel bladder looks fairly new and in good shape. Any opinions, references, experiences on putting a bladder tank in the keel? Are they usually tough enough to strap down as is? Or should I build some sort of snug fitting enclosure with smooth inner walls to provide support and prevent chafe? Other ideas? Or should I avoid it and go with a rigid tank?

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:24   #2
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Re: Fuel Bladder as Semi-Permanent Install?

I would line the area with a outdoor carpet or something to keep the fiberglass from rubbing the bladder.
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Old 04-05-2012, 21:02   #3
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Re: Fuel Bladder as Semi-Permanent Install?

I read somewhere dealing with bladder tanks that their Achilles’ heel is movement. Apparently there is no way to tie them down so that they can’t move and therefore will chase through sooner or later I don’t remember where I came across that information but it does seem logical especially on a small boat. It is something to look into. My two cents, Mike.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:04   #4
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Re: Fuel Bladder as Semi-Permanent Install?

I like the carpet idea. I may give it a try. It's easier than building an enclosure and may last long enough until I can look into alternate tankage.

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Old 05-05-2012, 20:06   #5
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Re: Fuel Bladder as Semi-Permanent Install?

It seems too easy not to put carpet or a moving blanket or something.
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