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Old 08-07-2019, 05:51 PM   #21
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Well, I'm pulling the trigger on replacing my starboard fuel tank. I'll be giving RDS a call this week. my tank is 6' long by 22" wide at the top and 9 inches at the bottom. 23" tall. I pulled my engines and tank out and found some major holes that were apparently being plugged by a layer of corrosion held in by foam sprayed in between the tank and hull. If not for this foam my tank would probably still be usable. Anyway, I'll be cleaning and painting the ER spaces before installing my new tank whatever it is. I have also considered using plastic tanks also. What does the assembled trawler minds suggest for paint in the ER/Bilge? I'll try to get some pics up in a few days of the work.


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Old 08-07-2019, 05:59 PM   #22
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I like Interlux Bilgekote. Very durable.

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Old 08-12-2019, 05:53 AM   #23
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How many hours do you run when you go voyaging? Iím debating removing my stbd tank (100gl) and replacing it with 40 and a 40 plastic plumbed to be gravity fed from one to the other, but primarily run off one 40. To increase fuel turnover, and filter return into a smaller tank.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:00 AM   #24
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It all depends on your planned use. We bought our Prairie specifically for the longer range. Our express cruiser was pretty much running on fumes after 100 miles. For most people 200 miles would be good enough. But if you don't want to have to always factor fueling up into your plans, then minimum 300 mile range, up to 1,000 miles, is better.

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