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Old 02 February 2015, 09:10   #11
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got a problem...i'll put it right out there......ribcraft jockey seats are crap for storage due to the design.

i'm debating putting a hatch on them so i can get to the storage space for something basic like buffers and spare fuel tank. the current seats have an opening of 4", no use for most days out.

has anyone done this with a double ribcraft jockey? i don't want to do if it will weaken the seat.

ideally what i want to do is put a 5l jerry can inside the seat for my aux outboard. to do so i need a hatch.

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Just a thought is your main engine and Aux fuel compatible, i.e. 4stroke, or 2stroke with same mix?

If so, don't bother with extra tank, simply, re-engineer the fuel line to fuel both !!
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Old 02 February 2015, 12:25   #12
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hey buddy,

that is certainly an option as both are 4 stroke.

the reason, well 2 really, i wanted a sep tank was it give me redundancy for bad fuel and it means less chance of leaking or air into the big motor. outboard connections are not that great when left in the elements as you may have noticed when not plugged in.

however, no doubt, it is a very viable option.

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Old 02 February 2015, 12:54   #13
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How big is the inbuilt fuel tank in yours?....I have a 225ltr that will actually take closer to 240 or more,which gives me plenty of range with a very Econ friendly 250hp Suz
(Especially at Cruising speeds.)
I see you have a 200hp so yours will be even more Frugal.....on the rare occasions I want to take extra...I just strap a couple of plastic 25 litres fore and aft..,which helps balance things out too.
Something you may want to consider if you are going to put fuel in the seat pods...Ie have one each side.
I don't know what sort of Boating you do...but it Seems a lot of messing about modifieing seats just to carry a bit of extra juice...on the odd occasion..pluss you loose dry storage for other kit in the process.
I can also carry four 10 litre cans in the front consul seat,but as I say it's rarley if ever needed.
Have you done the sums on how much range you have with your Rig yet?
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Old 02 February 2015, 13:53   #14
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hi maximus,

i don't know range yet.

I have the same tank as you, i haven't filled it yet to confirm.

i don't have a console seat to store anything in.

yes, it is a lot of faffing about but it isn't for range, it is purely for safety as i always take an aux with me.

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Old 03 February 2015, 18:09   #15
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A hatch in stern of port n starb rear seats. simples..
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If you're really concerned have a couple of stainless flanges laser cut to sandwich the fibre glass inside & out and mount the hatch to them, you can have the hatch fixings holes cut to and fix it all with the same bolts.

It'll even cover any crap cutting with the disk cutter!!

I assume you'll be using a disk cutter to make the hole in the seat pod
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Old 04 February 2015, 03:21   #17
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put quite a few hatches in now put a film of sticky backed plastic over area to fit hatch the stuff you line draws with to protect the gel coat from scratches off the saw, mark out hole use a electric jig saw to cut hole with fine toothed blade, fit bomar hatches as they are very strong no need for any reinforcement glue in with sikoflex or marineflex and bolts takes an hour
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just trying to be helpful to some cutting holes in expensive boats is a daunting task one slip up 600 worth of seat gone the original thread does state he cant use the storage. two good hatches will sort the fuel issue and make the bases much more usable. i have a split fuel system but the tanks are under the consul away from the elements.
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If it's only a five liter Fuel can your worried about.. why not just put a cage/holder/straps and keep it inside the consul?
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