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ECUSeaPA posted 12-22-2001 11:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for ECUSeaPA   Send Email to ECUSeaPA  
2 questions:

1-Did Florida Marine Tank make the original gas tanks for the 85 OR?

2-I disconnected the gas line in front of the filter thing and pumped some gas into a clear plastic bowl (that I had just washed out). After a couple of minutes I noticed a quarter sized bubble at the bottom. Is this propably water? Is it a problem? Could it be the bowl was not completely dry??

Ok, 3 ??'s

How can I find the previous owner of this boat (New Jersy)?? Registration #'s, web site??

Thanks for your help!

DaveS posted 12-23-2001 12:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveS  Send Email to DaveS     
I can't help you on the first couple, but for the last one, I might try the dealer where you purchased the boat. If it's a reasonable request, they might be willing to help you out a bit...but they may also want to protect the person's privacy. In that case, perhaps contacting the DMV...your insurance company,perhaps if you had a friend in a local police department, they might be able to run the serial number...I'm just grasping at straws now...just curious, why are you looking for this person? P

Have a good one...


dfmcintyre posted 12-23-2001 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
1 - I'd call (305-620-9030) or email ( Florida Tank direct. They will sell direct to you, if you need one.

2 - Probably water. Could be a problem. Repeat the excercise. Go to your local marine supply house and purchase some fuel additive that will allow the fuel to absorb small amounts of water. Also check your filter thing, as this may also be a filter that will stop water, and it may need replacing. Many of them just screw off. Keep a small bucket underneath when you do (so not to have fuel spill on the deck). Tip the filter over into the bucket and check for some water in the fuel.

Don't smoke while your doing this, by the way.....

It's a good thing to change that filter yearly too. And keep a spare in the boat.

3 - I'd contact Whaler and find out what dealer took delivery of your boat. See if you can contact the dealer and find out who they sold the boat to.

If you have the NJ reg numbers, you may be able to contact the NJ Secretary of State or Department of Motor Vehicles (a state's DMV _usually_ handles vessel reg's too) and for a fee may provide previous owner information.

What I would _NOT_ do is have an officer friend run the registration. It's against any state and federal policy for an officer to do that, and is a chargable federal felony (and here in Michigan, state charges can also apply) for an officer to do it.

Best - Don

ECUSeaPA posted 12-23-2001 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for ECUSeaPA  Send Email to ECUSeaPA     
I repeated the process later and got no water so I think the tank may be is OK.

How do I "pressure test" the tank? (Details please, not just "apply pressure and see if it holds up")

I bot the boat from a dealer who has a policy of protecting the previous owner's identity. I can understand that. But I'd really like to ask him if he had pulled the tank out, replaced the tank, or otherwise noted any problems with the tank. I plan on replacing everything from the tank to the ignition (motors, hoses, wiring, etc). I hate to do all that and then find out I have a leaking or corroded tank later and have to replace it this summer when the fish are calling me out.

I've found that most boat owners are notorously honest and forthcoming about their boats, and this guy would have nothing to lose by revealing any know problems. In fact, he'd be doing me a favor!

I probably should just err on the side of caution and replace the tank. But heh, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I do know the boat was used a great deal, which is probably a good thing as far as the tank is concerned.

Also, if Florida Marine Tank didn't make the original tank, that would indicate it had been replaced at some point. That was my reason for asding.

Any other advice regarding the tank??

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