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Old 28-12-2007, 16:04   #1
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Question Fuel & Water Bladders

On this refit I am wanting to increase the fuel and water capacity of my boat. It seems to me that soft bladders would be the easiest to retrofit. Have searched for sources for bladder tanks and am coming up empty.

Does anyone have a good bladder tanks source..?

2nd thought would be to build my own tanks from foam and fiberglass...


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Old 28-12-2007, 17:30   #2
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Aloha Dave,
I've not experienced fuel bladders but from the idea of chafing and possible leaks, I've opted to build my own. The fuel tank is all fiberglass, the water tank will be ply with epoxy coating and tabbing. I do have one plastic tank that was kind of custom built for an odd space.
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Old 28-12-2007, 18:36   #3
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Been looking at maybe installing some bladders myself.

Nauta, Vetus, Plastimo

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Old 28-12-2007, 21:04   #5
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I just replaced the water tanks, both are Plastimo 50 gal units.. The only grip I've got with the tanks, theres only one inlet and one outlet... (no vent) so I had to build a manifold with a vent... The tanks are inside a covering so chaff isnot a problem.
My boat origionally had inflatable tanks so the replacement was simple......
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Old 28-12-2007, 22:29   #6
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Vetus sells them. This is a link to their web site:
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