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Irwin 34 Fuel tank questions

Hi all

We have an Irwin Citation 34 and would like any information about the fuel tank located under the starboard settee.

Here is the only picture I have of it:

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It is aluminum, are there baffles in it?

I want to add an inspection port and am thinking of this product:

Seabuilt - Access Plate Systems

Suggestions??

I would like to clean the tank and "polish" the fuel

Again - opinions and recommendations please. (located in the Annapolis MD area)

Many thanks
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Hey rick
Mine has baffles in it. 30 gal. most likely it is the same tank. by the way was wondering if you got the pictures I sent you, and if you did I hope they helped you out some.
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Rik,
I've got a Irwin 37CC and the way I've polished the tank is to run the discharge hose from the fuel pump and stick it done into the tank and let the flow of fuel stur up the fuel and then have it go thriogh the first fuel filter and back into the tank. I put a heavy nipple in the end of the hose going into the tank to keep it on the bottom of the tank, while moving it around every so often. I do this for about two hours and then replace the fuel filter.
This willl not remove any slime that has attached to the sides of the tank, that will require the possible removal of the tank and washing it out with a good cleaner. You might need to go to a fuel tank supplier and seee if they have anything along those lines.

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Wow Rick, your Irwin is exactly like mine, but in much nicer shape.
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We are tackling our diesel tank in a few weeks on our sabre 34, how did your project go? We would appreciate any suggestions
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Wow Rick, your Irwin is exactly like mine, but in much nicer shape.
Tom and Karen

Please join our Irwin Citation 34 Wiki at

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And we can share pictures and information - 11 IC34s now on that site and it is free!
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We are tackling our diesel tank in a few weeks on our sabre 34, how did your project go? We would appreciate any suggestions
Because we are 1000 miles from the boat we work on it when we have been there, Oct - worked on other things, Jan worked a bit - but too cold!

We have decided on buying the WemaUSA sender and guage and will probably add the inspection port later.

Good luck on your project, please keep me informed.
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Just another thought for you - I had a 1980 34 Cit. with a Yanmar 15 a few years back and had a mold issue. I thought about doing the same thing but wasnt too fond of putting another hole in the tank. The tank was easily removed (wood screws etc) and light enough that I could pop it out myself and took it to a truck (18 wheeler) shop that cleaned it out. I dont remember how they cleaned it out but I do remember it was spotless and a common PM practice for trucks as they followed same procedure they use on truck fuel tanks. I think the whole thing cost me under $25 and we didnt have any further issues for several years later.
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