We had to abort our Pacific crossing in 2015 because a black iron diesel
tank cracked. On return to Mexico
, we had a local weld us up a set of plastic tanks
which held together for our trip to Hawaii
to Olympia. Last summer, one of those tanks
split a seam and diesel fuel
spilled into the bilge
. What a mess. I'm pulling those tanks out and replacing with US made aluminum
Three questions.... should the return on the tank have a pickup (drop?) tube or can the returning fuel
just fall in from the return fitting on top of the tank? Splash or no splash?
and... Do I need to put two vent openings on each tank, one on the port side and one on starboard to take into account the heel of the boat
Do you have a recommendation as to where to have my new tanks made in the Pacific Northwest
? I've got some ideas but welcome suggestions.
Picture is of the old iron tank that split.....