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So I finally have my 92 MA in the shop being restored and would appreciate some input along the way. The Hull has been faired and painted this week. The Tank is removed and a new one is on order with TNT. I want to buy a new console and the one I have in mind has an integrated livewell, will accommodate flush mounted electronics and it appears taller since I'm 6'3" and usually stand while running. I hate using another builders product but it seems it will solve my issues. The current problem I have is the fuel tank pickup and sending/inspection location and access. Since the original design has the access inside the forward section of the console, I would need to move it forward on the tank with the new console having a livewell. With my lack of tank design knowledge here are my questions if anyone has experience;

  1. Can I move the location of the pickup and Sending unit to the front of the tank next to the fill and vent?
  2. Can I use the large forward hatch as an access to the sending unit etc..? The tank will be 7" tall with room above, Image below
  3. Will the pickup being moved forward to the front of the tank effect fuel reaching the engine when bow rises?


Large Forward Hatch looking stern where the front of the tank will sit. Panel will be made to cover access but not permanent  

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Bottom Hull was painted, sides start tomorrow, Medium Gray
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Prospect console
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Topside work
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I would ask TNT.  They will know.  I do know the pickup and sender need to be in the middle to rear of the tank.  I would guess they will want to put the pie hole in the console, but not under the well.  Or it may land under your feet in a small inspection pie hole.  FYI… the 21 MA has the pickup and sender under the drivers seat.   

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3 hours ago, Lap it Up said:

I would ask TNT.  They will know.  I do know the pickup and sender need to be in the middle to rear of the tank.  I would guess they will want to put the pie hole in the console, but not under the well.  Or it may land under your feet in a small inspection pie hole.  FYI… the 21 MA has the pickup and sender under the drivers seat.   

Thanks for the info, TNT responded a couple of hours after I posted this. Just had to ask the right question.  I can have the pickup in the front of the tank and they will run the pickup tube to the rear of the tank. The Sender may lack accuracy but I don't think it will be to far off and I wont be crossing to the Bahamas so I'm not too worried. Mostly worried about compliance and access but I should have enough space now that the bulkhead was cut higher and the new tank is 2" shorter.

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Great to see you restoring such a classic!  Was the tank up front originally?  My 87 had the tank up front but my 2000 has the tank under the cockpit.  The downside of a tank up front is that your balance will change with the fuel level (and it gets a good amount of beating, so make sure the area is well reinforced and the tank braced.  
 

who is doing the work?   Will be curious how you like them, someday I want to redo my non skid. 

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4 hours ago, whichwaysup said:

Great to see you restoring such a classic!  Was the tank up front originally?  My 87 had the tank up front but my 2000 has the tank under the cockpit.  The downside of a tank up front is that your balance will change with the fuel level (and it gets a good amount of beating, so make sure the area is well reinforced and the tank braced.  
 

who is doing the work?   Will be curious how you like them, someday I want to redo my non skid. 

The Tank starts up front and reaches the the console, the sender access was in the console. Its large. DG Paint and Fiberglass is doing the work in Stuart, FL, I have been happy so far and they are moving faster than expected. Communication is excellent, he sends me progress picture frequently.

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12 hours ago, RokGrdn said:

The Tank should be ready this week. Ordered the console which can take 4-6 weeks. The top deck was sprayed, nonskid laid down and Hull was finished. Starting to look like a boat again! 
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My word, that is beautiful!   Please continue to post up pics, it's really appreciated.   One good thing about this ridiculous inflation is that it makes restoring an old classic more financially defensible.   There is something virtuous in taking something old and making it new again.   The work you are doing will likely give that boat another 30 years of joy to give to you and others.     

I have run across a couple of Master Anglers lately that have stories of being passed down from father to son.   In both cases, the heir appreciated the boat all the more because of the memories they had on it w/ their father.   Pretty cool when that happens.

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1 hour ago, lurem said:

Rock,

Are you going to plumb the console livewell or use it for storage or a cooler.

I am meeting with the same people you ordered yours from next week. I want to plumb mine for a livewell.

I plan on plumbing the livewell, flying blind until I get it and layout everything, hopefully it works out

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