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Dlavington
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Posted: July 13 2007 at 10:31 | IP Logged Quote Dlavington

HELP !!  I HAVE A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF MY FUEL TANK, AND THE YARD WHERE THE BOAT WAS HAULED (KINGMAN, IN CATAUMET MASS) THINKS THE ONLY THING TO DO IS CUT THE TANK INTO PIECES TO REMOVE IT, AND THEN INSTALL TWO SMALL TANKS.
   THE BOAT IS A 1985 29 FT CATALINA, TWIN SCREW.  THE YARD ASSUMES THE TANK WAS INSTALLED BEFORE THE ENGINES, OR BEFORE THE DECK WAS ATTACHED; IT IS TOO BIG TO GET OUT OF THE EXISTING HATCH.
    SOUNDS REALLY EXPENSIVE, AND I WONDER IF ANYONE ELSE HAS HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM AND COME UP WITH A FIX.
    DAVE 7/13 (FRIDAY THE 13TH!!)


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Posted: July 13 2007 at 12:25 | IP Logged Quote Pete37

Hi Dave,

Unfortunately, leaky fuel tanks are a very common problem (particularly with aluminum tanks) and they are often installed in places that are nearly impossible to access after the boat is closed in.  It's expensive and there doesn't seem to be any magic solution.  I'm sure that there are others with the same problem but I doubt they have come up with a cheap fix.

Sorry, I can't come up with any good news,

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Posted: September 15 2007 at 10:45 | IP Logged Quote sdunlap20690

Dave,

 

The Uniflite forum had something about changing tanks a couple of years ago.  As I recall, the engine had to be removed on the side of the tank being removed.  It almost sounds like a "whilel you are at it" i.e. repower and oh by the way change the tanks.  The folks at Sea Cure Technologies (see links in CC forum) may have some insight.  They may also have the wiring diagrams you were looking for.  I bought a set from them for my 1986 362 Catalina.

Steve

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Posted: September 17 2007 at 11:41 | IP Logged Quote Dlavington

Thanks for the suggestions.  I've replaced the gas tank.  The best solution seemed to be to chop up the old tank, and replace it with two smaller tanks that fit in through the existing hatch, so that's what I had done.  I now have two 60-gallon tanks instead of one 125; not a bad switch.

I've emailed SeaCure about a wiring diagram, but haven't heard back yet.

Dave


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