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Old 11-19-2005, 07:52 AM
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tara11... just posted a problem on a Parker with an inaccessable fuel tank (glassed in).

How many have boats with glassed in fuel tanks; aluminum, fiberglass, or stainless, etc? I have a buddy with a 28' Cherokee (Great Lakes Sports Fishing boat) that had to have the floor ripped up to replace a leaking tank. Very expensive fix. Obviously a cheaper way to make a boat Vs removable floor. Did/do you consider this when buying (new or used)? Out of sight...out of mind! How manysalesmen/dealers/surveyors pointed this out to you when buying? I'll bet most boat buyers never have the thought! What do you have?
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Mine's glassed in. Honestly, I don't understand why MOST builders don't build the boat with the tanks accessible. I like SeaVee for this reason. I bet you'd find the majority of boats are built with NO tank access. Why? I don't know except for the fact that most tanks almost never fail.
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One of the reasons I bought my used Shamrock are the removable deck hatches over the fuel tanks. In fact, every part of the boat except the foam compartments has access. Since I do most of my own repair/modification work, access to every part of the boat is one of the first things I look for.
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I was surprised how little comment there was on the thread a week ago about how glassed in tanks in Parkers are superior. Poor justification for cost cutting IMO. Not a slam on Parkers per se, since so many others do it as well.

It would be a real problem for me to buy a 10 year old boat that did not have access to aluminum tanks. How are you going to do a survey? I plan to pull my hatches and re-caulk as a maintenance item in the spring. No more cost than some time and a tube of caulk for a little insurance. Will be a good time to check out the wiring and surrouding stringers.

I'll probably flush the outside with fresh water just in case an salt has accumulated under them.

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Mine is removable, but you also have to take off the center console...

Major PITA, but a lot less expensive than ripping up the floor.
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I looked at a Wellcraft Coastal, liked the boat but that was one of the reasons I didn't buy it
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Not being able to easily get to the fuel tank is one small concern I have with Parkers. Linwood and his daughter insisted that tank repairs on their boats are very very rare, but nonetheless, I miss the huge access hatch on my last '88 Whaler.

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I had to replace the tank on an old Robalo I had (20 foot with twin SPL 88s). I promised myself I would just get another boat before I would ever do it again.
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The floor would have to be cut to remove my tank. But, the tank is plastic and I doubt it will ever have to be removed.

The lack of a more convenient access to aluminum tanks would be another matter. Seems I read of them needing to be changed all of the time.
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I knew before I bought the boat that if it ever needed the tank pulled I'd have to cut the deck. I accepted it since I figured it being a mid tier boat, new, with a plastic gas tank that the odds would be it would not need work while I own it. The larger models have access hatches. I do have a hatch to get to the hoses and sending unit so if anything is needed in that department I can do it fairly easy. I was/am quite supprised that some of the more expensive boats do the same thing.

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My 1989 Grady White 25 has removable deck plates to access the tanks. This was very much appreciated when I replaced the tanks this summer.

Total BS cost-cutting to glass in the tanks!
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A glassed/floored over tank was one of several reasons I sold my 22 ft Proline when it was 10 years old. I didn't want to own that boat when the tank went bad. However, since I boat in freshwater and kept the boat on the trailer with drain plug pulled, I was probably worrying over nothing. However, when I was shopping for my next boat, I definately considered an access panel in the floor (to allow fuel tank removal without cutting floor) to be a plus. Somebody on this board posted about a fuel tank being replaced (under warranty) on a Proline, by the manufactorer at the factory. They stated that the method the manufactorer used to replace the tank was to separate the liner/deck half (Proline being a 2 piece boat) of the boat from the hull at the hull to deck joint. Seems like a pretty intense repair. Maybe not too intense for the factory though.

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