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Old 08-03-2011
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Aluminum Diesel Tank Fabricators?

Hi all,

I'm looking for recommendations on reputable & reliable fabricators for aluminum diesel tanks.

I need to have twin saddle tanks made, with a bit of tricky geometry involved. I'm looking for a fabricator that does quality work.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
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I'm not sure where you're located but most good diesel repair shops and yards can fabricate a tank. I had a new tank made by List Marine in Sausalitio—they did a great job. Good luck.
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First: How about filling some basic boat and location info? This helps other sailors help you.

I had these guys build my new custom-design diesel tank. Excellent workmanship and on-time.

Coastline Equipment, custom marine tanks.

If you need a link to my custom tank project, email me back channel.


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Originally Posted by olson34 View Post
First: How about filling some basic boat and location info?
OK, fair enough.

The boat's a 1985 Vagabond 39.

The original tanks were/are steel encapsulated in a layer of glass -- long sad story, but the port side tank finally succumbed to water trapped between the glass and the steel. If you want gory details, there's a long post over on AS including pictures.

The boat's a little south of Annapolis, so east coast fabricators are preferred.

These are twin tanks (port and starboard), each nominally about 55 gal. They're not square or rectangular, but a modified wedge.

I guess what I'm asking for is some help in identifying a shop that has a proven track record in making good tanks. Any monkey with a MIG or TIG set can weld aluminum, but I'm looking for quality results with an assurance that proper materials are used and designs followed. I'm a little leery of taking company internet home page info at face value, so feedback from those with experience will be invaluable.
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