So I had a great river trip to Fishers until our run up to piccacho, and I noticed my carpet was wet. Turned out to be fuel leaking from my bow tank. Its a 73 tahiti, and it has the original gas tank up there. I dont want to cut more holes in the boat for side mounted tanks nor deal with more plumping and levers and all that. I just want to replace the tank and get back on the water. Any suggestions? Can I just buy a similar dimensioned plastic tank, glass in some 2x2s for a strap or 2 and call it good? It seems simple, but I feel like im missing something. Also, can someone tell me why side tanks are better? Im not racing, just cruising...the boat has a 455 olds, and maybe does 50. Thanks again for the help. Also, has anyone put in side tanks, but retained the filler cap on the bow?
We did the change on a Glenco, which is a similiar boat. Two biggest benifits in my opinion is you get the weight out of the nose and put it in the back. This helps the hull run dryer and a little more free. I think we picked up 4-5 mph just by eliminating the bow tank. Then there's all the room you get for storage up under the bow. Nice to have a place for chairs, towels, ski's, whatever. I would say the simplest solution is to just replace the bow tank though.