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Old 31 December 2012, 06:42   #1
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Hi, and a happy new year in advance,

Well the story so far, rebuilt and tested to death the Volvo Penta AQ130 that i am dropping into the SR 5.4, bolted the leg up and prop shaft, NOW for the advice bit, do i go with 4 off 25 Litre tanks OR fit one single permanant 100 L tank over which the seats / consol fit ?
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Old 31 December 2012, 07:42   #2
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Pros and cons for each;
cost
redundancy
ease of fill
ease of removal (if required)


Personally I'd go for the 100l as it's out of the way, harder to have 'lifted' and frees up deck space.
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Old 31 December 2012, 09:19   #3
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Hi, and a happy new year in advance,

Well the story so far, rebuilt and tested to death the Volvo Penta AQ130 that i am dropping into the SR 5.4, bolted the leg up and prop shaft, NOW for the advice bit, do i go with 4 off 25 Litre tanks OR fit one single permanant 100 L tank over which the seats / consol fit ?
If you are dropping in an inboard into a Searider then you might want to think about weight distribution. I tried something similar years ago and placed a 60lt below deck tank towards the bows but carried two 20lt reserves. The fuel system was designed to run from the inboard tank or the reserves by using quick release connectors just in case of contamination in the main tank. My new 5.4 is set up in a similar way but for an outboard.

I would really like to see some pictures of your build.
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With a large Outboard the SR 5.4 benefitted from the tanks (usually 2 x 25litre) ahead of the standard console to keep the weight distribution even. However if you are fitting the diesel, be aware that although good fun the handling characteristics change. The Hull is less forgiving in tight turns and will bite as there is less lean to the craft. There are more Gs generated and without foot straps for all on board, you may see someone going overboard. It depends how it's driven of course, I was testing one at the time, but the risk is there.
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