May 2007 Issue
Diesel Fuel Tank Replacement
Replacing a failed or corroded diesel fuel tank present a wide range of options. In this special report aimed at cruising sailboats, we examine the pros and cons of aluminum tanks, polyethylene tanks, stainless-steel tanks, fiberglass tanks and iron tanks, and offer a cost-effective solution.
If given a free hand at design, material selection, fabrication and installation, what would Practical Sailor ideal replacement diesel fuel tank look like? The ideal diesel fuel tank installation should possess, above all else, access. A boat fuel tank that is completely and permanently buried beneath or behind fiberglass, timber, insulation or joinerwork is a tank cannot be inspected for corrosion, chafe, structural damage or leaks. Fuel tank baffles, inspection ports, and properly insulated fittings (in the case of a metal tank) are essential. Diesel tank contamination is inevitable, so any tank design for a cruising sailboat must take that into consideration.
To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.
Subscribe to Practical Sailor
Get the next 7 issues of PRACTICAL SAILOR for just $19.97. And access all of our online content - more than 1,500 evaluations, reviews and articles on sailing gear, equipment and boats - free of charge.
That's a savings of more than $14 off the regular rate. Or double your savings and subscribe for 14 issues for just $39.94.
Subscribe to Practical Sailor Digital
Get 12 months of PRACTICAL SAILOR DIGITAL for just $34. You get unlimited access to everything on the site including each monthly issue as a PDF.