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Old 21 November 2006, 07:58   #1
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Bad idea for fuel tank placement?

I'm having a dealer rig a new RIB. He is advocating mounting the fuel tank in the console where the switches for lights, bilge, etc. are located. It seems to me that having the possibility of fumes in this enclosed space where electrical arcs occur when a switch is triggered is a bad idea. Does any one have any experience here?
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Old 21 November 2006, 08:57   #2
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That where my wiring is. If the fuel tank is fitted right, there will be no fumes in there.
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Old 21 November 2006, 10:45   #3
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Where would the filler & vent be located?
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My fuel tank sits in the console - I must admit I never like the idea of it venting petrol vapour into what is an enclosed area with wires and battery in there and then me sitting on it!

I have just upgraded my tank to a larger one with an external filler mounted into the side of the consol and tank vent - All that can go wrong now is my plumbing but I will make sure I check it, just by lifting the seat everytime i fill up.

After seeing a petrol boat on the Thames blowup (after filling with fuel) blasting people and children into the water and burning them just as it left the petrol pontoon I am always careful when filling up boats -

in the case of the boat on the thames, a fuel pipe had come undone (through age and perished) and poured all the fuel they had just taken onboard into the engine bay - it took a minute or two after they had started it for it to ignite though...
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My fuel tank and filler are both in my console, it's over 10 years old and has never blown up.
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My fuel tank and filler are both in my console, it's over 10 years old and has never blown up.
For some reason, we probably won't be hearing from those who've had theirs blow up.
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Put your battery elsewhere if you're worried.

Is there any reason you can't have a cutout in the console to vent any fumes?
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I think it's quite common (or used to be) to mount a fuel tank through the deck and into the consol, particularly in jockey consols and fill up under the seat. There are no bulkheads between bilge/console or electrics, I've also seen portable tanks placed into these type of consol.
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Get one of those solar powered mushroom vents - they are supposed to be very good.
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just needs to be vented to the outside of the console, thay have been done like that for ever. ether thare or under the seat, dupendin on the boat it mite be best in the console to help the CG of the boat.
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