Ahoy! I'm new to the forum having just acquired a 1960 Seafair Sedan. Luckily it is a very solid boat. I'm cleaning it up and doing some rewiring. I'd like to ask other Seafair owners what do you do about a gasoline tank? Right now the boat I have just uses a 6gal poly tank. Are there built in tank solutions? Thanks!!
I have a seafair sedan, and I use mercury metal tanks on carpet. They stay rock solid in place with no sliding because they have a lip on the underside that kind of digs into the carpet. I didn't use them because of that feature, it was just what I had around and it works well. And yes that is a Johnson connected to a mariner tank, it works great. I just put a mercury fitting on the fuel line.
We purchased Natty Lee just after the 4th of July in Tower Minnesota where she has spent her entire life, in a boathouse being used as the family boat for 60 years. The boat is solid but she is 60 this year being a 1961. We trailered her back to Port Townsend WA. I am now cleaning her up and going through the electrical system. Our use will be pleasure cruising the bays around here and in nice weather going to the San Juan Islands. And a little fishing.
I assume she was built in Nashville and is a 1961. I will share some more soon! Is there a breakdown somewhere of production numbers from the various plants. I know Santa Ana was the "mother-ship" I'd be interested to know if there is an assessment of the quality from the various plants, and how long they operated. And I'm curious did the term "Seafair" come from the Seattle event held every year?
I believe Terry runs the bigger vertical slender tanks with top fill… so maybe Terry can chime in with thoughts and pictures. Too bad you don’t live closer as I have the narrow, but taller and wide 18 gallon Merc tank that has the built in gauge on top and also the fill cap and hose fitting on top. It can be fastened in place as if a built in and may fit along the back splash well… Terry would know. Maybe you can find one closer to you. Mine is very nice and I have no use for it now that my current boat is short shaft with shallow floor that would make it sit way too high for my shallow boat. Good luck finding your solution.
I did score a 18gal Tempo tank that is about 36" wide and sloped to fit. I'm still a little concerned about the weight of it full of gas. The 90HP V4 is 311lbs and the 6HP kicker. I will install it and see what happens I guess.