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Tartan 30 fuel tank

I recently purchased a 1972 tartan 30 hull #93. I have removed the steel fuel tank due to diesel odors and have discovered the bottom edge rusted and "wet". It is an awkward size and may need a custom tank made. Have any of you done this, repaired an old tank, changed location, etc or have a good suggestion.
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Re: Tartan 30 fuel tank

Have it pressure tested...overnight.
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Re: Tartan 30 fuel tank

If you wind up having to replace the tank, you might want to check with RDS Aluminum. They may even have a stock tank to fit your boat. A lot of the production builders now use polypropylene tanks for fuel and there are several mfgs. to choose from. That could be an option as well but for my money aluminum is the way to go followed by stainless and plastic running a distant third.
Just my opinion, with that and 5 bucks you might be able to get a cup of coffee at Starbucks.... I wouldn't know I don't drink the stuff.
Others may have a totally different opinion.
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Re: Tartan 30 fuel tank

I'd ask how you are going to use your boat. If you have regular access to fuel and do not plan on motoring for long stretches then downsize your tank to one that will make for an easier fit.
Upsides are:
Less expensive
Easier to install
Fuel will get circulated more often
Likely a faster turn around time for install

My 25 gallon tank gets filled 2--3 times a year. I have no reason to change out my tank but honestly I could get by with an eight gallon tank.

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I have been considering a smaller tank, this one is a tight fit. I will send the measurements and see what the cost of a new aluminum tank is. I am fine with ten gallons.
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