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New Diesel Tank -- 90 degree bend
My 30 year old aluminum tank has decided to leak. At least it did it in the winter, instead of the sailing season. I have emptied it, so it is no longer leaking, but I have yet to pull it. Assuming it is beyond repair, I've started looking for solutions. The original vendor will make me a brand new identical aluminum tank (20 gal) with new level sensor for $300 delivered. I'm not keen on aluminum, with corrosion issues. Moeller will make me a brand new plastic tank, with level sensor, in the same dimensions, for $175 delivered. Almost a no-brainer.
The only problem is the fill pipe. My current fill pipe comes out of a 90 degree elbow, avoiding the cockpit sole 8 inches above the tank. The Moeller tank is fitted with a hose barb pointing straight up. They (Moeller) don't have any recommendations.
Anyone have any thoughts? Cap it and put in some sort of new elbow fitting? Does anyone make a fuel rated "street ell" (a rubber hose over the existing barb, with a tight 90, and a new barb horizontal?) Or perhaps move my fill to the cockpit sole? Are there any other good vendors besides Moeller? Or, stop over-thinking it and buy the damn aluminum tank -- if it only lasts half as long as the new one, I won't still own the boat then!
'79 Sabre 34