Installing bait tank on deck

Drew Stephens

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Whatsup guys. Got my b*tchen new blue water bait tank. For those who have installed them before, randy told me to mount a couple pieces of starboard to the floor and then slip the tank over the top and drill bottom sides of the tank to the starboard. I can’t for the life of me find any starboard thick enough. There’s a 4” lip of the bait tank and something has to go behind it to screw in the sides of the bait tank. Any ideas?
 

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Forget the starboard, get yourself four aluminum angle pieces about 6 to 8", screw them to the deck, place the tank over them, drill three holes in each suited for a 1/4-20 tap, remove tank and tap each hole, reinstall tank and install screws with appropriate washers
Good luck.
PS: before you screw the angle pieces to the deck put the tank where you want it to be and draw a outline, place the angle pieces just inside the outline.
 
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Whatsup guys. Got my b*tchen new blue water bait tank. For those who have installed them before, randy told me to mount a couple pieces of starboard to the floor and then slip the tank over the top and drill bottom sides of the tank to the starboard. I can’t for the life of me find any starboard thick enough. There’s a 4” lip of the bait tank and something has to go behind it to screw in the sides of the bait tank. Any ideas?
Just cut it in strips, stack them up to make a piece 1.5 inches x 1.5 inces by what ever length you need. Screw them together with lots of screws . Make 2 of them and then mount them to the deck. Slip the bait tank over them and screw from the sides. Be sure to use plenty of screws and sealant where the screws will penetrate the deck. Do not use silicone, use something like sikoflex.
 
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Use a chamfer bit to chamfer the holes you drill in the tank as well, this will keep the holes from cracking and fuking up your nice new tank. Stainless hardware only.
 
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    Tap plastics has King starboard in 1-1/2" thickness......worked perfectly in my application. Use 316 SS fasteners and you should never see any rust spots.


    I've never seen a tank mounted before so my technique might be different from other people. I flipped my tank upside down and first attached/screwed the starboard 1-1/2" pieces to the tank, leveled the starboard....didn't take much. I then made a paper template of the bottom, of the tank, by tracing and including the screw holes which I previously drilled. I then placed the paper template on my deck, lined it up and drilled. Worked out perfectly.
     
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    It's all here. Use starboard or fiberglass angle.

     
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    Drew at SeaPro in Costa Mesa has plenty of starboard scraps for sale.

    Personally I would never utilize starboard or fiberglass mounting/backing.

    Aluminum is not compatible with SS screws either, they will bind and break off when trying to remove.

    I utilize SS angle and tap it so the screws actually hold tight and can be removed without ceasing.

    The tank Install is bulletproof proof and strong enough for the longest nastiest sea states.
     
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    Drew at SeaPro in Costa Mesa has plenty of starboard scraps for sale.

    Personally I would never utilize starboard or fiberglass mounting/backing.

    Aluminum is not compatible with SS screws either, they will bind and break off when trying to remove.

    I utilize SS angle and tap it so the screws actually hold tight and can be removed without ceasing.

    The tank Install is bulletproof proof and strong enough for the longest nastiest sea states.
    I have been using the aluminum stainless combination for years with no removal problems, use a bit of "never seez" at installation.
    Nothing wrong with SS angle either.
     
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    Drew at SeaPro in Costa Mesa has plenty of starboard scraps for sale.

    Personally I would never utilize starboard or fiberglass mounting/backing.

    Aluminum is not compatible with SS screws either, they will bind and break off when trying to remove.

    I utilize SS angle and tap it so the screws actually hold tight and can be removed without ceasing.

    The tank Install is bulletproof proof and strong enough for the longest nastiest sea states.

    There’s nothing wrong with stainless bolts in aluminum. Aluminum will also tap way easier than stainless. Stainless on stainless is more likely to gull than on aluminum. You have to be very careful tapping stainless. Also if you’re worried about dissimilar metals (electrolysis) that’s not a problem unless it’s consistently submerged in water.
     
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    Agree with Vigilant32. This is good advice. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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    Never use stainless, especially on stainless without anti-sieze.

    Anyone ever run a 45+ gallon tank on a swim step? I've got a big aluminum swim step and I'm planning on putting a 45g on it. Going to use aluminum angle, bolted to the step, drill through the tank into the angle, tap angle and screw it down.
     
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