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Diesel Tank Replacement
I'm looking for input here -- after 35 yrs, one of our steel diesel tanks has developed a fairly significant leak.
I'm presently working on dismantling the galley/saloon to gain access to the tanks for removal. Slow, deliberate project as I'd prefer to keep the sole and cabinetry as close to original as possible.
The tanks are not small -- about 55 gal each. Given the size, I'm fairly convinced they will need to be baffled. For this reason I'm leaning towards aluminum replacements.
Here's what I'd love to hear -- what design characteristics should I keep in mind as I move forward on this? I'll need to integrate clean-outs and a fuel manifold, and intend to include additional supply/return fittings for a polishing system.
We're dreaming on paper here, so let the ideas commence. I'd hate to be looking back a few years from now after the job's been done and think "gee, I really wished I'd done this..."
Appreciate the suggestions,