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Old 04-14-2003, 09:44 PM
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Default Does my new Apache need a nose fuel tank?

The 2003 36 Warrior comes with a 200 Gallon main tank.

I have an option to install a 70 Gallon fuel tank up in the nose.

Does it effect my ride?

is 200 Gallons enough?

from what I understand it is not a popular option, but now is the cheapest time to install it.

I do like to run a few poker runs....

Need some input here!!!
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Old 04-14-2003, 10:04 PM
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i would think 200 gal. would be enough...what power/motors does it have?
the more weight up front slows you down.
i also thought the forward tanks were prone to cracking.
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Twin 575's

These are the "all new" alluminum tanks that "don't" crack

I only need to put fuel in the front when I will need it. Maybe I'll never use it.
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I would absolutely put it in.

You have two options:
1) Have it completely hooked in and operational, and never use it.

2) Have them run the lines, and not install transfer pumps or anything. Make sure they drill and tap the bow tank and saddle tanks for the ability to install the pumps and transfer lines in the future. They might even be able to omit the thru hull (deck) fuel fill fitting; but that might take too much work to future install.

200 gallons is over 1200# of gasoline when topped off, and give the placement of those tanks, and the motors back there; that is a heavy ass. I know the boat is sweet and well designed, as I saw the Miami Show example. However, twin BBCs, 3-200# guys across the back seat, and a long Poker Run first leg, and you may look like a displacement hull. Anything you can do to offset the weight might help you, i.e. 420# in the bow.

You may want to cross to Bimini one day from SoFla, and you can never be too safe on fuel amounts. Not sure how you plan to boat, but buying gas on the street is A LOT cheaper than the marina, so I would top off ALL tanks before dropping in for extended weekends.

You may go with bigger power one day.

The next owner might want bigger power.

You could use it for fresh water if you want; or beer even.
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It would make a nice ballast tank if not for fuel, maybe water. There were many times I wish I had some extra weight in the bow, especially when the fuel tank was 1/2 to 1/4 full (empty). It would balance the boat better and in rough seas would keep the bow down so I could use more trim and/or less tab. It would not hurt to install it that is for sure and now is the time. You would have to figure a way to fill and purge it but that could be worked out later. It works for race boats. 200 gallons at a conservative 1mpg should get you anywhere you need to go.
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I kinda of like the beer idea :-)

Bobby is gonna call me tomorrow with the price.

I had a 275 Gal. tank in my 38 ZX with 525's and I was always on empty.
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After I ran out of gas 5 miles from Nassau and had to get towed to the gas dock, I would put it in. Plus if you do ever go to the Bahamas it might be nice to have some extra weight in the boat up front to help the nose stay down in big waves in the gulf stream. If you need to run 92 oct. or higher and are going someplace that you are not sure they have it, it will be nice to load up before you leave.
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Get the bow tank, I have one and I feel safer knowing I have the extra fuel plus it acts as an ballast in rough water.
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I was going to say something... But I think you have your answer!
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