Originally Posted by WorldWind
Luckily we already have an access port on top.
My main concern is switching from an aluminum
tank to plastic at this point.
Any thoughts on which is better anyone?
It's only 17 gallons,I believe I'd have room for 25-30 for extended cruising
,rather than Jerry jugs on the deck
In repowering my boat, I decided to switch my tank from aluminum
to plastic. Although aluminum tanks
have many advantages over their steel
counterparts, I have seen them corrode on numerous occasions, especially if the tank is located in an area susceptible to exposure to salt water
. Although my aluminum tank did not have corrosion
, I still decided to go with plastic since replacing the tank in the future would involve removing the engine
I purchased a plastic tank made by Moeller. They have a huge variety of sizes and shapes and are very reasonably priced. The tank I purchased was considerably light than its aluminum counterpart.
One word of caution, though. I have seen older plastic tanks
(from the 1980's) that lost
their ability to contain fumes within the tank. These were gasoline tanks. I'm sure different polymers were used back then and there have been considerable advances in the type of material used in today's tanks, but I thought I'd share it anyway. I called Moeller and they indicated the polymers they use should keep fumes contained for the life of the tank, which is estimated to be at least 10 years.