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Old 14-08-2018, 07:58   #1
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Looking for source for new diesel tanks

I am replacing a leaky aluminum tank. There were some pitted spots on the bottom that caused small leaks and before they become big, i took the tank out. There was also another tank that was removed by PO.

These were both irregular shape. They were on starboard side against the hull and sat midship next to each other.

I read about plastic tanks and I am considering that route as well.

It looks like tank-depot only has rectangular shape diesel tanks.
Ocean link has some options but they have 4 week turn around time and are very expensive.

Does anyone know if any other sources for irregular shape diesel tanks?
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Re: Looking for source for new diesel tanks

http://floridamarinetanks.com/quote/

They are good people and make a great tank.
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Thanks for the link. I need to correct myself. Tank depot does have few stbd and port tank options, but very limited.
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Old 14-08-2018, 11:46   #4
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More than likely they are selling Kracor or Moeller manufactured plastic tanks.


https://www.kracor.com/support/fueltanks.pdf

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Don't be afraid of an aluminum tank. If it is built correctly and with thick enough plate and installed correctly, you will get very long service.
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Re: Looking for source for new diesel tanks

Try SpeedyTanks.com in N.J. John Gallo. I got a quote from them a while ago and they seemed reasonable. 20 gal. Aluminum tank was $450 +/-.
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Don't be afraid of an aluminum tank. If it is built correctly and with thick enough plate and installed correctly, you will get very long service.
I agree. Aluminum tanks will last a long time as long as nothing we is touching them and they are much stronger than plastic. Plastic tanks can deform if filled too quickly and they also allow fuel to permeate through the plastic which you can smell.
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Re: Looking for source for new diesel tanks

Check with West Marine, they have a vender that builds custom aluminum tanks for Water and diesel, i had both built for a customer, good price and very well done.[ Dont remember the name].
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So i got the 33 gal odd shape aluminum tank out. There are two 1/8" holes near the seem along the bottom. This sat under salt water at one point so it makes sense that it oxidized. It seems very repairable.

I think I gave up on rotoweld plastic.



There used to be another 50gal odd shape starboard-hull profile right next to it, which i will get a quote to fabricate out of aluminum. I found some local marine fabricating places that seem to understand what it takes to fabricate aluminum marine diesel tank.



One thing i really like about the 33Gal is that it has gigantic inspection port. 12" by 10" or so. I was able to clean out the inside and it looks very good. Just have to get a new gasket.
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You might try Luthers Welding in Bristol RI, very close to you. They make nice custom ABYC compliant fuel tanks and have fair prices. They made a nice tank for one of my survey clients this spring. I'm planning on having them make some tanks for my Bristol 40 as well.
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Re: Looking for source for new diesel tanks

RDS Manufacturing in Perry, FL. They made a replacement tank for my PS37. This is the company west marine uses here in Florida. I got a very complex, drop in, ABYC tank at a fair price. Their phone number is 1-850-584-6898
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a properly formed, welded and mounted HDPE tank resists perfectly
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Re: Looking for source for new diesel tanks

The problem with custom plastic tanks is that it is very hard to find someone who will make them for fuel - it seems they don't like breaking the law. The mass-produced rotomolded PE tanks are made to the new low-vapor standard, but the custom welded PE tanks don't meet the spec. While you could order one "for water" I have not found anyone who will make one for fuel.

There are many tank fabricators sprinkled around the coasts so I don't see much benefit of ordering from afar. I will be buying an odd-shaped one for the starboard quarter and will probably buy from a specialist which makes USCG approved tanks, for some assurance of quality. Many local metal fabricators will happily build you a tank, but I think it is preferable to buy from an expert.

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You might try Luthers Welding in Bristol RI, very close to you. They make nice custom ABYC compliant fuel tanks and have fair prices. They made a nice tank for one of my survey clients this spring. I'm planning on having them make some tanks for my Bristol 40 as well.
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Yes, They are on vacation this week, but they are near by and certainly capable. Meanwhile I got a local aluminum shop to fix the pinhole leak in my 33Gal. He said they are going to weld the patch along the entire length where pitting was present.
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Lutherís welding Bristol ri
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