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Bud Taplin

The company that makes the polyethylene water tanks for me will not make any permanently mounted tanks for diesel or gas due to the liability problem if they melt in a fire. I know that many small powerboats do have plastic gas tanks, but I would be reluctant to use them.

If you have polyethylene tanks specially made up to fit an area, the cost will be more than having aluminum tanks made. The material is more expensive, and the labor of heat welding the seams is the same.

My recommendation is to have aluminum tanks made, then coat the exterior before installing them to prevent any water from reaching the exterior. Automobile undercoating will do a good job.

But why did you put this subject under the "sail plan" section?

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