Boatbuilding Blog

February 4, 2008

First Boat Hardware

Filed under: Hardware — tomlarkin @ 11:39 pm

I’m pretty excited – I just ordered my first real boat hardware! Everything up to now has been lumber, glass, and epoxy to build the hull and structures. Now I’ve ordered a gas tank and a bollard. I need the tank early because it gets built in below the cockpit sole. I want the bollard now because I’ve been mocking up a place to mount it in the bow and need to know how high it should be to make the line-handling work well.  I spent the weekend building the motor well, cutting, gluing, and screwing layers of 3/4 inch marine plywood. Now I need to fillet and glass the parts in and make the cockpit sole

Tank – 25 gallons:

25 Gallon Fuel Tank 

Update Jan 7 – the parts arrived.  The bollard looks great!  The tank actually fits in the space below the sole as designed. I found installation instructions on the Moeller site (PDF). I didn’t realize the tank could expand quite a bit when it’s filled with fuel – more than an inch in length!

Tank install diagram


Stainless Bollard



  1. It’s good hardware and a good post. Thanks for making the images into links. I’m reminding you again that it would be nice to see photos and a few comments about your prior boat building projects; and maybe something about how you learned to build boats and what originally inspired you. That way your work can be appreciated in a broader context.

    Comment by Meryll — February 9, 2008 @ 3:00 am

  2. Tito
    Can’t believe the expansion of the fuel…
    (Nice bollard) Pa

    Comment by Joe — March 1, 2008 @ 6:25 am

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