Interested in purchasing fuel tanks from a salvage 1968 47’ Commander.  Need the kind that has the attachment on the side for tank leveling and engine fuel feed.  Can’t find anywhere to make the ones like the original I’ve had.  Only need one.

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From your description, I don't think those are technically legal by USCG standards.

Tanks are not have fuel feed fittingss on bottom or other associated piping. The reason is if there is a fuel line failure, you don't want the tank emptying all of the tank into the bilge.

That is why tanks use an internal riser pipe for the fuel pickup port.

Both of my tanks are as Melesia describes. One feed on the bottom of each tank per engine + an equalizer feed on each tank. Each feed has a shutoff valve right at the tank. As far as I can tell this is how the boat came.

Related question - Can the feeds be changed to pull from the top of the tank without any issues or changes (other than adding pickup tubes)?

Is it diesel? I think you will have a hard time finding salvaged 47 Commanders. Unlike wood boats these survive. I know a company that would make your tank but it’s in michigan, and the would have to make it to uscg specs if you want it certified. 


 Thanks for the info.  Would you mind sharing the name of the company with me?  

Only salvage 47 I have seen in the past few years was the one that sunk when it hit something out of the channel in palm beach. It sat in saltwater for 6 months until they removed it, you certainly don’t want the tanks off that one. I don’t think I have ever seen another one, and I looked at these boats for years before I bought one. I doubt you’re going to have much luck with salvage parts for this model, they're mostly all still out there unless they catch on fire or something. There was one in Alabama for sale that was basically a wreck that hadn't had any maintenance in 20 years, but it was diesel and ran well, so they still wanted like $40k for it. It actually sold, which I learned the hard way. I stuck my foot in my mouth on here because I said I can’t believe anybody bought that one, then it turned out the guy was a forum member and got mad at me.

Fix the existing tanks or buy new ones, those are likely your only options. Diesel tanks can be welded, usually what you have is pinholes in them. So far as I know they all had the tank leveling lines (which you should always keep closed if you run the generator - or one day you’ll surprise yourself by running out of fuel) I think that was factory. It’s perfectly legal if it's diesel.

Kehrig MFG in Chesterfield, MI.

Melesia Walden Mason said:


 Thanks for the info.  Would you mind sharing the name of the company with me?  

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