Originally Posted by 0976claxton
i'm doing something similar with my zodiac futura mark III. i just put a 40 HP on my boat and I'm interested in getting as much weight forward as possible to avoid the bow from raising too high and so that I can get on plane faster. I opted to purchase a 12 gallon tank from Defender: http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...0754&id=939328
i'm going to lash it to the bow area that is just in front of where my aluminum flooring stops. i'll likely screw some lash points into the wood and then strap the tank down with some nylon strapping. my fuel line will stay above the flooring because I want to be sure that I have access to it. i'm not sure exactly how i'm going to secure it in the corner of the flooring, but there is plenty of room for the tubing there. it shouldn't be abused much at all.
A brimmed 12 gallon tank fitted that far forward would create a huge amount of inertia when things get bumpy at speed. I'm not saying that it can't be done, just going on a few experiences we've had in the same boat.
We completely ripped out the webbing straps on a Zodiac bow bag once. It contained all our anchoring gear - pretty damned heavy - but not quite the 50kg's, or so, I'd expect your tank to weigh.
I'd be careful. ;-)