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    Has anyone with a 224 replaced their fuel tank with a smaller one? Mine is original and is ready to be replaced. I have been thinking about going smaller, maybe something 2/3 the size around 80 gallons. That would still give me plenty of range. Same width and height just shorter, mounted all the way forward in the coffin. Has anyone done this, does it help take weight off of the stern?
    1983 224

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    When I replaced the tank in my dad 2001 192 back in 2009, I replaced the original 80 gallons tank with a 53 gallon plastic tank from Great Lakes Skipper. The plastic tank was less than half the cost of a new aluminum tank and we had it in 3 days. Dad does not do a lot of long trips in his boat..his typical day is 3 to 10 gallons, so 53 gallons is plenty of range for him. His boat had an older ox66 engine and averages 3 mpg..a newer boat with a 4-stroke would burn even less fuel..
    Chris Miller[br]Mystic Islands, NJ[br]1974 17 Classic[br]1988 211 Classic (sold)[br]1990 Grady White 230 Gulfstream (sold)[br][img][br]

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    • #3
      quote:


      Originally posted by Snooking


      Has anyone with a 224 replaced their fuel tank with a smaller one? Mine is original and is ready to be replaced. I have been thinking about going smaller, maybe something 2/3 the size around 80 gallons. That would still give me plenty of range. Same width and height just shorter, mounted all the way forward in the coffin. Has anyone done this, does it help take weight off of the stern?



      If I were repowering to a fuel efficient motor and replacing the tank that is exactly what I'd do. It would definitely improve the balance of the boat a tiny bit. Even with my thirsty carbed 225 the most I ever burned in a single day was 79 gallons going 95 miles round trip in the open ocean and trolling for the day. I'd chop a foot off of the length.

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      • #4
        Mako224

        That is my thinking. I am currently running a 200 Ocean Pro getting 1 mpg, the furthest I go is a 70 mile round trip. I'm looking at a 250 etec that from what I'm hearing I could see almost 3mpg with that motor. Even at 2 mpg 160 mile range would be more than enough.
        1983 224

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        • #5
          will you sell it? If so then I would not go smaller. I like to know I have 113gal. I have had to change inlets due to weather and that unexpected 50 miles was no problem knowing I had fuel.
          [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by snappergapper


            will you sell it? If so then I would not go smaller. I like to know I have 113gal. I have had to change inlets due to weather and that unexpected 50 miles was no problem knowing I had fuel.



            What kind of mpg #'s are you getting with that Suzuki at cruising speed?
            1983 224

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            • #7
              I have posted that exact plan in 221b/232 threads. Those boats came with 150, and I was looking at 1 in TX that knocked off 50 gallons before 4stroke repower. With today's efficient motors I don't see hurting resale, there are plenty of 22' new boats out there with 80 gallon tanks; still lots of range.
              \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
              \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=31915

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              • #8
                range if you want a Bay boat. I have done 160 mile days out to middle grounds, Bahamas and soon Tortugas. most guys that want to fish want available range. find me a true offshore CC boat 22-25' with only 80 gal.

                my last trip out I had a full day average of 2.85. Cruise with fishing load I can see 3.15
                [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by snappergapper


                  range if you want a Bay boat. I have done 160 mile days out to middle grounds, Bahamas and soon Tortugas. most guys that want to fish want available range. find me a true offshore CC boat 22-25' with only 80 gal.

                  my last trip out I had a full day average of 2.85. Cruise with fishing load I can see 3.15



                  I'm not looking to argue, have no issues with, & have certainly pushed mine, but I can also quickly find an army of people that will say it is insane to do with a single engine boat that size. 80-100 gallons doesn't suit your needs, but I don't think a 224 with smaller tank will be unsalable. There are plenty of boaters and potential buyers that would never do what we have done in ours.
                  \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                  \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=31915

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                  • #10
                    I have been at softball fields for 13 hours. I want to argue....lol its all good. it is what people feel fits Thier needs.

                    nice 2350 Bluewater for 27k for you Chuck on THT. full transom no aft boxes and a bracket
                    [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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                    • #11
                      If you do cut it done, keep it as far forward as possible. All these boats are bow light
                      Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian. -Henry Ford[br]1988 Mako 261 \"Stroken\" Project Thread: http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=26203[br]1992 Mako221B project thread: http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=48747[br]1992 Mako 261B \"Reel Impressive\" project thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56286[br]

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                      • #12
                        My Everglades has an 80 gallon tank. I wish it was 110 to 120 once or twice a year. But 90% of the time it could be 40 gallons and I'd be more than fine. I don't think you'll hurt resale if you go a little smaller and have a modern engine, but I wouldn't go too small. It's a lot easier to keep your tank half empty most of the time and have the capacity than it is to strap jugs or a bladder to the boat when you need the extra.
                        Sold the 17\', moved to FL... I need a new handle.[br]1991 Jupiter 31, current project[br]2005 Everglades 243, sold[br]2012 Contender 23 Open sold[br]1989 Intrepid 246 WA--gone to Australia[br]1973 Mako 17--sold with regrets[br]1992 Mako 17--started it all[br]Pompano, FL

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                        • #13
                          I haven't fished my 224 nearly enough the past 2 seasons but have used plenty of fuel and always happy to have that extra capacity when we wanted it.

                          Few questions- how much weight are you realistically going to save by making the tank smaller 10-15# your going to have to add material to make the new tank fit into the coffin.

                          You don't have to keep the tank full, you can keep the tank 1/2 full with 60 gallons and call that good. Might have to estimate fuel burn, but you will be close enough.

                          Few reasons to keep the larger tank-

                          offshore trips- bad weather unexpected changes or you want to make a longer run

                          Bahamas- $4.50 a gallon would rather bring as much as possible

                          Weekend trips / adventures- no need to bring gas cans or worry about going to a fuel dock

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                          • #14
                            quote:


                            Originally posted by pjj2107



                            Few reasons to keep the larger tank-

                            offshore trips- bad weather unexpected changes or you want to make a longer run



                            Bingo - if you have ever been caught offshore and it got snotty and you have to play the throttles, you are going to burn a lot of extra fuel. I'd rather have more fuel then not enough, but if you stay in shore all the time it may never be a consideration for you, but I've seen 1 MPG at a slow cruise in real snotty weather.
                            1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog[br]1985 Mako 20c - sold[br]Mary Esther, FL[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=42841[br]

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                            • #15
                              When I first got my 224 I used to run all over the place. Fuel was $1.36 a gallon at the fuel dock back then. The last year I had it in a slip fuel was over $4.00 a gallon at the fuel dock. That season I never ventured more than 5 miles from the slip and only added 20 gallons to the tank late in the season after filling it at the beginning of the season.

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