Originally Posted by Mike B
I currently have 2 x 22 lt tanks at the back of the boat and have looked at the option to move these to within the console. My only concern is the fact that all the electronics, switch gear and battery are housed in the console.
Does this cause a fire risk ??
My 105 litre fuel tank is part under floor and part in console, there is no solid bulkhead between the tank and switch gear and the RIB is of circ. 1995. It hasn't blown up after 10 years of use, so I guess it's OK. I would however suggest an external air vent though or at the very least louvers on the console.
Ollyit, cable past a fuel tank isn't a problem provided that precautions have been taken to remove all sharp objects and to protect the cable from snaggs. Switch gear is a problem if you don't have adequate venting of fuel tanks. Biggest risk is as Andy and some of the others say, the Battery. If your terminals come loose they will cause a big spark. Mount the Battery in a completely different location, maybe another seat pod or at the stern in a battery box.