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 Tanks: Easy to forget, too important to dismiss

"Let's recap. Take the time to inspect the tanks. Test if you have any doubts about the tanks' integrity, particularly the fuel tanks, on your existing or prospective boat. If you need new tanks, buy quality. Buy flexible, polyethylene, 316L/317L, 6 percent stainless, or black iron, depending on the tank's intended use. When I was building commercial diesel-powered workboats, we always used heavy-walled mild steel tanks, cold galvanized on the outside and pickled with diesel fuel on the inside. I was aboard one of my boats the other day, and it still had the original tanks in fine condition 30 years after they were built."

 (Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 9, 2004 )
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