Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 06 January 2021, 19:42   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Surrey
Boat name: ocean pro 6.3
Make: Humber
Length: 6m +
Engine: 140hp suzuki
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 819
Mercury Optimax external oil tank

Perhaps a silly question but Iím looking at where to place the external Optimax oil tank. It has a bracket which I presume suggests it can be mounted on the transom, and I could fit it in the rear bench seat with a couple other items - batteries and water/fuel separator.... I did explore putting it under deck at the rear because Iím building access to all the under floor as storage but the oil tank is too tall.

Other thoughts were the rear splash well some how, perhaps on top of a stainless grill that would sit on the gap of the splash well, or whether I build a housing for it between the transom supports

... any thoughts and ideas?
__________________

__________________
xpertski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 January 2021, 13:27   #2
Member
 
Waterman's Avatar
 
Country: Ireland
Boat name: Joy Ride
Make: Ribtec655CamelTrophy
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200 optimax
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 207
I have mine inside one of the double jockey seats...... easily accessed for top up.
I wouldnít fancy it exposed at the transom as there is a couple of sensors attached to it and the chance of the oil line getting snagged by someone climbing in etc.
__________________

__________________
Waterman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 January 2021, 15:06   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Surrey
Boat name: ocean pro 6.3
Make: Humber
Length: 6m +
Engine: 140hp suzuki
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 819
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waterman View Post
I have mine inside one of the double jockey seats...... easily accessed for top up.
I wouldnít fancy it exposed at the transom as there is a couple of sensors attached to it and the chance of the oil line getting snagged by someone climbing in etc.


Yes agree - it looks like there is plenty of room in the bench seat so will put in there Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4961.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	145.5 KB
ID:	135954Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4951.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	75.4 KB
ID:	135957

Looking at creating a removable internal shelf so the space above can be kept separate and clutter free/clean - exploring ideas but not worked it out fully yet
__________________
xpertski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 January 2021, 20:51   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Barnstaple
Length: 7m +
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 375
Quote:
Originally Posted by xpertski View Post
Yes agree - it looks like there is plenty of room in the bench seat so will put in there Attachment 135954Attachment 135957

Looking at creating a removable internal shelf so the space above can be kept separate and clutter free/clean - exploring ideas but not worked it out fully yet
I donít think the 6mm acrylic would be a good choice - itíll be way too flimsy unless you went up to 15mm or so and then itíll be expensive and heavy.

Itís also not the easiest material to work with; it likes to crack when you drill it.

Can you not fibreglass some little battens in along the walls of the seat that the shelf could sit on? Then you could lift it out to access underneath and it would be much stronger.

It might also be worth making the shelf in two halfís. That way you only have to half empty it to refill the oil and would give you a bit more space above the batteries (which you will never need to access).

Finally, maybe it would be worth having the oil tank right at the top? That would you wouldnít have to lift anything out to get to it to top it up (presumably a relatively frequent activity?)
__________________
jakew009 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07 January 2021, 20:56   #5
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: SMH Rib / War Shot
Make: Ribtec / Scorpion
Length: 4m +
Engine: 100hp Yam/150hp opt
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,060
RIBase
I have a couple of double jockeys in the back of my RIB. One has the two batteries and the oil tank - a "dirty" space if you like. The other is for storage.

Depending on your usage you might not need to access it that often. It's a 10 litre tank and typically you'll use less than 50:1 fuel to oil ratio. How long will it take you to get through 500 litres of petrol?
__________________
Searider is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT. The time now is 06:22.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.