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    Hi Classic Mako! I am a new user. I have been lurking on this website for about 6 months, which was shortly after learning that I would be coming to care for a 1981 Mako 17'. Long story short, the boat has been in the family since 1981, garage kept, and was only used a few times a year. I got the boat last week and pulled the fuel tank out, with help from a few posts on here. I have a couple of emails to tank makers, Sunshine Marine being my first choice.

    I remember reading about a foamless method on this website that was popular, but I cannot for the life of me find it. The method included gluing plastic to the bottom of the tank to keep water from sitting against it. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would be most grateful.

    Its the Pascoe method.

    http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=57779

    Link to album http://imgur.com/a/xLcVu

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    Welcome to CM! The general consensus is CTE. There are a lot of great web sites with tons of information but have you actually looked at a resume? Computer advice is not always gospel.
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    Originally posted by Sacklunch


    Hi Classic Mako! I am a new user. I have been lurking on this website for about 6 months, which was shortly after learning that I would be coming to care for a 1981 Mako 17'. Long story short, the boat has been in the family since 1981, garage kept, and was only used a few times a year. I got the boat last week and pulled the fuel tank out, with help from a few posts on here. I have a couple of emails to tank makers, Sunshine Marine being my first choice.


    I remember reading about a foamless method on this website that was popular, but I cannot for the life of me find it. The method included gluing plastic to the bottom of the tank to keep water from sitting against it. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would be most grateful.

    Its the Pascoe method.

    http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=57779

    Link to album http://imgur.com/a/xLcVu


    1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
    1985 Mako 20c - sold
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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    • #3
      I am very new to this, and the Pascoe method made sense. I did have concerns about keeping the tank firmly in place. Does the CTE method require full foam? I have also read about foaming only the corners of the tank. It seems keeping the tank dry is the best way to keep it in good shape. Any method that lets the tank breathe is fine with me. If you have a link to a more sound method, Ill definitely look into it. I appreciate any help.

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      • #4
        Hi Sack,

        I did a tank replace on a 1988 171, in the link below. Coal tar epoxy coating on the tank. Full foam, sealed in with glass. Water in the fuel will likely be the only way it will corrode.

        This site is very helpful, the depth of experience among the users is outstanding.

        Ask questions!
        Richard Snyder[br]Wachapreague, VA[br][br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=43622[br]http://www.vims.edu/esl/

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        • #5
          Hi, Duke. Thanks for the info! I must say your a braver man than me completely glassing it in!

          I have decided to go with an install like this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAzpPO4Hn7I. I plan on glassing over the foam holes in the coffin, put some drains from the coffin into the bilge, and get more support tabs welded on my new tank.

          I found a guy close to me that is going to build a tank that should fit a lot better than the original. My original tank tabs did not reach both sides. One side was tight and the other had about a 1" gap between the tab and fiberglass. Another reason is that I want easy access to everything with minimal effort for repairs and inspection in the future. Getting into the coffin took me around 20 minutes, including a cut made to the coffin lid. Getting the foam out took another 2 days in Texas heat. Not wanting a repeat of that.

          Edit: I am adding some of the resources I have been looking at which helped me make my decision.

          http://newboatbuilders.com/pages/fuel_print.html

          http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/...YC.1002.01.pdf

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          • #6
            The project continues... I dropped off my fuel tank and should have my new one in a couple of weeks. I was cleaning up some of the dirt dauber mess and found this beautiful surprise... 36 years old and the carburetor looks like this! My list of worries is getting smaller. Next is going to be a new fuel pump, water pump, and lower unit oil change. I hope to be on the water soon.

            I will be updating my album as I go, for all those interested.

            I have all the original paperwork for the boat, motor, and trailer. If anyone needs something, please let me know, I have no problems scanning stuff in. My motor serial is J115TXCIM.


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