GF16 in FL

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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by TomW1 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:12 am

Those look like 3 gallon tanks? Couldn't you put 1 6 gallon tank up there?


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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by 94'325is » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:15 pm

I could but my engine came w/ a 3 gallon and my neighbor gave me a 3 gallon he wasn't using. I'm planning on using the factory 3 gallon most of the time unless I'm going very far. I wanted to make sure I could fit 2 tanks in there though, and with the other tank out there's plenty of room for the anchor.

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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by cape man » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:20 pm

You are going to have an issue with those tanks tilted like that. Fill cap on the lower side and you are going to have fuel leaking out of the air vent unless you never fill the tanks. Turn them around, and you are going to run out of gas before the tank is empty, as the pick up is going to be above the fuel. They really need to be as level as possible. You can check my reasoning by filling one, opening up the vent and see if it leaks when slipped in there.

Or hey, here's an idea...If you have enough hose to move them around, you could start with the vent towards the bow, and when you run out of gas (when it gets below the pick up) turn the tanks around and you should still have gas in there. Kind of like a reserve tank?

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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by jacquesmm » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:21 pm

I just finished running my new Suzuki 20 HP for it's first 20 hours and used 3 gallons total!
That small tank is large enough.
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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by 94'325is » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:45 am

Thanks for the suggestions on the tanks, luckily I haven't permanently attached anything so there's plenty of room to figure out a good solution. I'll look at getting the tanks level.

Good the hear Jacques, it's killing me having a brand new engine sitting on the back just waiting to be started!

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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by 94'325is » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:48 am

Also last night I was able to get a coat of pigmented epoxy on the inside of the front compartment and do some final trimming for the deck. I also cut the center seat hatch out. There is going to be a decent amount of work that needs to be done but I'm confident I can use the roughly $150 for a pre-made hatch while making it stronger and more custom looking.

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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by Noles309 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:18 pm

I did the tanks as in the pic. 3 layers of scrap 1/2" bonded together.
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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by Jeff » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:24 pm

Looks nice Noles309!! Jeff

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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by MrPaul » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:21 pm

Gas tanks look really good. I've got a 15 ft aluminum Jon with a 25 hp and a single six gallon tank. I'm considering going to a single 3 gallon. 6 gallons goes a long way in a light boat with a small motor. We've made some runs that I would estimate about 20 miles with 2 people and about 100 lbs of gear and I don't think we've ever burned more than 2 gallons.

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Re: GF16 in FL

Post by 94'325is » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:19 am

Thanks for the tips on the gas tanks, I'm going to work out a better setup than the current one. Lots of good ideas on these boards.

I was able to get the rear seat/deck and front deck glassed in and finished. I tabbed w/ 12oz 6" biax the decks to the hull sides and vertical frames and covered them with 6oz woven afterwards. Probably overkill but I don't want to question it down the road and it's easier to do now. The middle seat is tabbed in as well so all of the structural jobs are done at this point. I still need to roll on epoxy to the bare wood in/on the center seat and spray rails but with dwindling epoxy supplies I want to make sure everything is ready to be coated all at once.

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