||08-18-2010 05:17 AM
The storage of Diesel on a boat is important for a number of reasons - The material of which the tank is made is of major importance in so far as if it leaks one doesn't want diesel in the bilges, Apart from the fact that diesel can be set alight (with a flame), the smell of spilt diesel takes a lot of work to eliminate. For example having tanks in a cockpit's lazarette, where a leak can be isolated and repaired easily is a good design feature on many multihulls. the question of how far from the engine : this depends on a situation where an engine or electrical fire develops -- if properly shielded with fire retard material, alarmed and having the correct type of fire extinguishers properly placed to deal with such fires - the diesel tank will survive most fires except those that engulf the whole boat especially FRP boats. The ISAF and the RORC Code for offsdhore boats has rules for the safe carriage of fuel.