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Old 20-09-2016, 12:20   #1
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Fuel tank fabricators Pacific Northwest?

I have the dreaded leaky fuel tank, I want to replace it not just repair it. Does anyone know of any reputable fuel tank makers in the Pacific Northwest?
Tank: 50 gals. Aluminum
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Old 20-09-2016, 12:39   #2
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I have the dreaded leaky fuel tank, I want to replace it not just repair it. Does anyone know of any reputable fuel tank makers in the Pacific Northwest?
Tank: 50 gals. Aluminum
Boat: 2000 Beneteau 461

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Old 20-09-2016, 13:09   #3
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Perfect! I live in Tacoma I will give them a try!! Thanks!
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Old 20-09-2016, 13:44   #4
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Ziglers Welding, Olympia Wa.


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Old 21-09-2016, 09:27   #5
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Re: Fuel tank fabricators Pacific Northwest?

West marine has a manufacture that builds tanks for a unbelievable low price, i had two tanks built [aluminum], one for Diesel and one for water. Beautiful job.
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Old 21-09-2016, 09:54   #6
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Re: Fuel tank fabricators Pacific Northwest?

Our boat had a rigid bladder, (does not collapse as tank empties), installed by the PO, inside the old leaking tank. It is at least 15 years old, and has never had any issues. The best part, no condensation inside the tank, so, never a drop of water in the fuel. I do not know the manufacturer.
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Re: Fuel tank fabricators Pacific Northwest?

I am also in the process of replacing a tank. Given my previous experiences in custom tanks for Carina I will probably stick with tank specialists, not welding generalists. One such firm is Coastline Equipment Marine Tanks in Bellingham. There are a number of tank specialists in Florida as well but I would prefer to stick to the PNW if it is not too much of a premium price. There is no need to visit the company - they all just want a drawing to work to, and will offer quotes.

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Old 21-09-2016, 19:53   #8
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Re: Fuel tank fabricators Pacific Northwest?

This is a little off the subject as it concerns a stainless steel potable water tank. Mine started leaking almost as fast as I filled it. I got it out and the welded seams were rusting and leaking. After many conversations and replacement prices with folks here in the NW I finally got the idea for Rino Hide. The same stuff they put in the back of pickups. I took it to a local installer and he fixed me up Rino Hide all over the tank for about $125. It was only a 30 gal tank but a lot of slants and seams. Now they also told me their product works on fuel tanks. It seals everything. Just be sure you have the intake and air escape elbows in the correct direction I did not and that stuff is unforgiving. Meaning it will not bend or break. I had to add a couple elbows to get the correct directions again. I don't drink water out of the tank anyway so not worried about any contamination. I only use it for washing up as I don't like the taste of the tank water even before the Hide treatment. I just drink bottled water. You won't have that problem with a fuel tank. The folks said they repair fuel tanks on the fishing boats here so it may be a less expensive solution. Just a thought.
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Re: Fuel tank fabricators Pacific Northwest?

hi, lifeonalean
I am a prospective o461 buyer. Is yhis a common problem on all 461 ?
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hi, lifeonalean
I am a prospective o461 buyer. Is yhis a common problem on all 461 ?
No, not specific to the 461. It is a common problem for all boats with aluminum tanks if the tank is not looked after from time to time. If there is standing water touching the tank or water in the tank it will corrode over time. I'm told nothing should be touching the tank and it should have sufficient airflow all around it. These concepts are new to me so correct me if I'm wrong everybody!
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