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Old 01 July 2014, 04:32   #1
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Avon R3.11 Rib - Newbie Q's

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I'm looking at purchasing a used Avon R3.11 rib, with a 15HP Mariner.

The current owner has the fuel tank AND battery within the storage compartment of the jockey seat.

Now I'm no expert, but surely having the battery and fuel within such close proximity is a bad idea? Could this be a mod he's done himself? (Rib has a VHF radio fitted) Or were they built like this?

Does anyone know where Avon manuals can be downloaded from? If at all?

Thanks all
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Old 01 July 2014, 06:23   #2
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Completely normal for smaller ribs. Its safe as long as the connections are all made correctly and in good condition (Tank and Battery).

Its important the compartment isnt completely sealed.
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Old 01 July 2014, 06:42   #3
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Thank you. That's very useful to know
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Old 01 July 2014, 19:39   #4
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It's quite commonplace, but I don't like it, as the tank vents into the battery compartment. I would resite the tank on the deck. Even with the tank outside, the console should have a vent for the battery.
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Is the seat a closed or open type?

By this I mean is it a box or are the sides and rear open?

High vent for battery gasses.

Low vent for petrol vapour.
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Hi, it's a closed type. With a seat that lifts up. The only ventilation is the hole where the cables leave the box to go to the engine, steering and throttle. Sounds like I either need some vents fitting or an external fuel tank? Thanks for all the advice all
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