I currently have a bow tank (~24 gal aluminum, wedge shape) in my boat, its a heavy 18-19 foot deep freeboard lake boat. It already has plenty of bow weight, besides the tank, since it is kindof a 'cab forward' design. The deck is pretty short and the interior is relatively huge for an 18 footer, and the driver is pretty far forward in comparison to faster low profile hulls. So my question is if I switch to a typical saddle tank arrangement, how will it affect center of gravity as well as handling? I am thinking of the typical 2 saddle tank setup, and not sure how far forward they would extend. I also might have enough room behind the rear seat to make a U shape tank that wraps around the front of the engine, I have seen some of those designs on the alumunum whitewater boats. I have alot of freeboard, but already have a heavy drivetrain (olds 455, 3 point mounts, and berkeley JC pump) and not sure how the weight back there would affect handling and ride. I would like to go bigger on tank capacity when/if I go to saddle tanks, maybe more like 40-50 gallons.
I dont want to go down this road and find out it handles/rides like crap. Let me know some thoughts, I dont know jack about how weight distribution affects handling.
I will see what I can do about a pic... right now its buried under a pile of $hit... ohio winters...
I know there is room enough to do the dual tank conversion, im more worried about handling or making the ass end of the boat sit too low in the water. I guess I could put a couple big storage totes or 5 gallon buckets between the engine and gunnel on each side and fill them with water to see how low it sits.