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Old 26 August 2009, 07:57   #1
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building a fuel tank

I have totally stripped out the hull as you know of a 5.4. I have started the re-build process. What I am now looking into is… Can I build into the hull a fuel tank made from glassfibre and Vinyl Ester Resin as these resins seam to be the ones that are immune to fuel?

I am just very aware of how small these ribs are once you start strapping 40-50L of fuel down on the deck some where and doing this under deck up near the bow would help keep some of the weight up front, and I am just looking into how one can best use all the space that is going free while I have the thing in component form?
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Well they use them in many petrol stations so you should be ok. also have a look at various epoxies but vinyl esters are prob the best.

http://www.ch601.org/resources/fiber...nstruction.htm

http://forums.screamandfly.com/forum...ad.php?t=77204
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I know its not an answer to your question but my two 5 gallon tanks don't shift and are strapped to the deck just in front of the console.
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Oh I know there is lots of other options open to solve the age long problem of storing fuel on a boat.
Separate tanks strapped down
Tank with in the console either built in or removable.

But I recon IF I can make use of the bow of the boat as a tank I can mould it over and around the anchor locker drain etc and I recon it could be a good size and if I use some baffle foam in it to prevent it slopping about too much.
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Sounds a great idea. Wish I could do something like that!
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The foam sounds like good stuff, seen it in Merlin motorsport or somewhere?
I think the built in tank is a great idea. Have you got a photo of where your putting it?
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It's going in the pointy bit!
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Have you got a photo of where your putting it?
I am thinking of stiking it between the two bits of wood
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It's going in the pointy bit!
Thats opposite the blunt bit ain't it?

What sort of volume is that gap?
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Don't know if you've seen this stuff?
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FIA-fuel-tank-...d=p3286.c0.m14
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