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Old 10-23-2019, 06:30 AM
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Default 2004 Contender 25 open fuel tank replacement and refit

The tanks are out of the boat. Before ordering new ones, I wanted to see if anyone has extended the saddle tanks on a 25 open? There is a good amount of space that is foam in front of the saddles. Also, if I go with the same size saddles, does it make sense to center them or push them forward? Two Rivers Boatworks in Stuart is doing the work.





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good lord were they leaking or was it your sender?
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The starboard saddle tank had a leak on the side of the tank. There was a lot of water/fuel in that compartment. The other two were dry. I was impressed with the condition of the center tank considering it is 15 years old. It probably could have went another few years without an issue.

The new tanks will be .190 including the saddles. I think I am going to extend the saddles a foot or so to make up from lost capacity due to the thicker gauge aluminiun being used.

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Recommend Coal Tar Epoxy coating of your .190 Aluminum which is not expensive.
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Yes they are definitely getting coated, foamed in, then glassed in with epoxy. They should last longer than the originals.
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Originally Posted by Salty Gator4 View Post
The starboard saddle tank had a leak on the side of the tank. There was a lot of water/fuel in that compartment. The other two were dry. I was impressed with the condition of the center tank considering it is 15 years old. It probably could have went another few years without an issue.
It seems like the saddle tanks are the problematic ones in these boats most of the time. I haven't heard of that many center tanks failing.
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My first question would be - do you need the extra saddle cap? As I understand that was an option to the original 185 center. Given that you asked to extend them this is prob not the case but if you don't really need them - I'm not sure I'd put them back in. You'd never need to cut the deck again. Fabbing up a P&S "drink" cooler next to the console in their place would be cool..
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That is a good idea. I donít need the extra capacity except when going to the islands. The majority of the time the 180 gallons is plenty. Itís nice going to Grand Cay for a long weekend and not needing to stop and get fuel.
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Originally Posted by Salty Gator4 View Post
The starboard saddle tank had a leak on the side of the tank. There was a lot of water/fuel in that compartment. The other two were dry. I was impressed with the condition of the center tank considering it is 15 years old. It probably could have went another few years without an issue.

The new tanks will be .190 including the saddles. I think I am going to extend the saddles a foot or so to make up from lost capacity due to the thicker gauge aluminiun being used.

water in that area is a known issue on this boat. I have a 160 gallons on mine and more fuel capacity is never bad.
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starboard tanks usually get water from the washdown being ran through that compartment... slow leaks overtime.
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Gotcha.. wonder if poly saddles would make more sense on the Contenders - even possible?
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Gotcha.. wonder if poly saddles would make more sense on the Contenders - even possible?
those saddles have no way to drain, many videos of guys drilling holes in the compartments and water pouring out of them.
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Originally Posted by kyle_howie View Post
starboard tanks usually get water from the washdown being ran through that compartment... slow leaks overtime.
I could possibly see this - you think the water is ponding enough in the outside void to come over the top of the outboard stringer or through the rigging holes? seems like that would take a lot of drips but I guess it's possible.
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SG- was there any water in the outside void under the washdown outlet?

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I donít have a water outlet in that location. Salt water wash down in corner starboard stern.

I will check that void and see if there is water sitting back there. Iím going back to the boat tomorrow.
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I don’t have a water outlet in that location. Salt water wash down in corner starboard stern.

I will check that void and see if there is water sitting back there. I’m going back to the boat tomorrow.
water wont collect in the starboard stern. there are drains in the corner bulks/stringers back there where it drains into the euro transom and then the bilge. you can see these from the swim platform inspection plate.

my washdown was starboard mid-ship where your inspection plate is and it leaked into the saddle compartment. luckily i only have the single 185 gallon tank. you can drill a hole to drain that compartment with a 4' electricians bit from the swim platform inspection plate. thats what I did after noticing the boat was listing a little. now my washdown is on the starboard rear wall under the gunnel. any leaks will drain to bilge now
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The water issue is covered in length in the FB contenders page
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why is the bulkhead cut out?
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Good question guys doing the work should put that back.
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Originally Posted by Salty Gator4 View Post
Good question guys doing the work should put that back.

obviously before the tank is in lol
maybe they needed to do it to break the tank free? cant say ive ever had to go to that extreme
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