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Old 08-15-2022, 08:34 PM   #1
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Reality Check on new fuel tanks

I know the price of everything is outrageous but just want to make sure these numbers are real. Aluminum fuel tanks, 70 gallons each, aprx. 36"X30"X15", I was quoted 1,550.00 each. I need two, is that reasonable? It's from a fab shop that does fuel tanks.
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Several years ago I was quoted about $2,100 for 210 gallon aluminum tanks certified for marine use.
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Old 08-15-2022, 09:41 PM   #3
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Fab is always going to be more than stock.
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Old 08-15-2022, 09:52 PM   #4
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that's about right
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Seems to be in range. I was quoted 1800 for similar size.
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:14 AM   #6
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Thanks guy's, reality sucks!
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:43 AM   #7
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Have you looked at plastic tanks?
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I priced out tanks a couple of years ago. That's about what I'd expect to pay.

For a lot of folks it's getting them in and out that takes the big bucks.
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Agree on the labor. Make sure that whoever makes the tank certifies it as meeting the marine standards.
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Old 08-16-2022, 12:02 PM   #10
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I doubt that you'll do any better on price. I had one made for a different boat by specialty tank shop. Mine was marked as being pressure tested up to a certain psi and also had a USCG Approved decal on it.
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The 1,550.00 is for the tank only I'm doing the work myself, no labor cost, so parts alone a little north of 3,100.00 for two tanks. Looking at the plastic tank idea sent specs to Moeller Marine see what they say. I'm pretty sure these are all marine certified tanks as that's what they advertise.
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I recall about $1000 each for a pair of 165 gallon tanks. This was about 28 years ago.
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Old 08-17-2022, 12:41 PM   #13
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When I was in the business good tank fab shops were getting 9- $12.00 a gallon for 5000 series aluminum tanks. For tanks of that size I would look to hot welded poly/plastic tanks and forget about electrolytic, poultice or corrosion pitting in general. The poly tank guys have come a long way and make really rugged dependable tanks in smaller sizes.

Anyway your pricing is good and if the shop is the same youíll be fine. A couple of things I would suggest. One, a photo of the baffles before they close the tanks up and make sure they have the Ď Certified Ď blue sticker indicating material and pressure testing. This is absolutely required. And certainly land them with good chafe protection on the base and all framing members as alum is soft. If you use brass fittings insure they are insulated from metal to metal contact as galvanic corrosion is a big factor. They should also give your a proper ground wire tab

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Make sure the install is done properly so your new tanks will last. I think Steve D has an article on his website about how to do it correctly.
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Had tanks ,200 gallons each , made for my Jefferson 45 several years, 10+ and paid $ 3500.00 for both . Put them in myself and a few friends that I gave fuel to. After several years one got another leak . After removing tank again ,leak was at weld that was a start / stop weld . They were certified and pressure tested before install . Check all weld areas for a start / stop weld as that may leak down the road . Learned that when welding alum ,you can not have a long weld time as metal heats up and weakens metal ,so you stop and start at another point ,then come back to complete weld . Just my $ .02
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Google steved fuel tank installation and it will bring up an excellent article on how to do a proper installation.
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Thanks everyone for the all the information. Here's what I've gotten so far on the people I've contacted for two replacement fuel tanks,
vendor 1. 3,100.00 aluminum, 3 weeks out
vendor 2. 1,400.00 for two pvc tanks, end of October is the expected delivery, but don't count on it
vendor 3. 1,400.00 for two aluminum tanks 1 month out
Big difference between 1 and 2, less than half, all say they are USCG certified.
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Are you sure the tanks are PVC?
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Thanks everyone for the all the information. Here's what I've gotten so far on the people I've contacted for two replacement fuel tanks,

vendor 1. 3,100.00 aluminum, 3 weeks out

vendor 2. 1,400.00 for two pvc tanks, end of October is the expected delivery, but don't count on it

vendor 3. 1,400.00 for two aluminum tanks 1 month out

Big difference between 1 and 2, less than half, all say they are USCG certified.
$3100 vs $1400 for the same [aluminum] tanks is a huge spread. Something is wrong. One includes fittings, the other doesn't, who knows. But the spread is too great for apples/apples comparison. Something is missing.

Good luck.

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Assuming these tanks are for your SeaSport. I had a SeaSport 24, and when I had the deck boards off, the tanks were labeled as being made by Coastline Equipment in Bellingham. https://coastlinemarinetanks.com/

If they still have the original jigs and/or specs, it may save you some set up costs under the assumption that SeaSport used the same tank vendor for your Navigator as they used for my 24 Explorer.
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