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Dave Murray posted 03-29-2001 06:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dave Murray   Send Email to Dave Murray  
I have owned a 1978 Outrage for 20 years- for the past five years, I'v battled with water in the 70 GL aluminum fuel tank- getting in via one of the top fittings- the tank is no longer usable- the cost given me to replace is around $3,000 which I am not willing to spend-
My question is- has anyone tried just using 12 gallon portable tanks or putting a portable inside the center console? Or any other ideas? Thanks in advance for your advise....
Dave Murray posted 03-30-2001 08:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dave Murray  Send Email to Dave Murray     
Thanks for the advise- I appreciate it. This old Outrage is one of the first "new" styles that came after the "sourpuss" models 19 and 21'- it is a very heavy boat and actually still looks "new" due to consistent maintenance. I have thought about this "tank" issue some more and agree that the problem may be the main mechanical guage opening gasket, as the tank has never leaked gas-(no gas smell)- also, this boat sits on an open sea mooring- with waves that get up to six feet- lots of agitation- no leaks- however- because I leave the rear sump plug out always- never had a plug for it- water can get high in the sump/tank area with a big load of kids/family- like 10 or more- so I think maybe the sump water level can exceed the tank top outlet levels and this may be where the water gets in. I do run Racor filters-Thank God- the ones with the blue plastic bottom bowl to watch and drain water. The kids sometimes forget to check...
The original tank, as you stated, is 65 Gals- a model 7500- mfg by Helio Precision Products of Bedford, Mass dated 1978- they went out of business is the 80's- I did call Florida Marine Tank on Whaler PN FMT-63BWRev-U and they Quoted me $400- said they would need all the size info- the $3,000 was an installed price by a dealer with all new hoses,fittings etc.
I really don't know what I'm going to do on this problem- maybe think about it a bit.
bigz posted 03-30-2001 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Dave the cost of a replacement tank is way out of line (remove the deck and the tank is exposed but foamed in) aside from a messy job removing the foam the tank shouldn't cost at the max around $500! Even with labor cost at $50 an hour a two day at the most job in a shop.

If it is the deep V OR which it must be with that quantity of fuel. The tank is actually 63 gallons and made of .123 gauge/5052 alloy aluminum these were manufactured in Florida for BW and I can look that up who and if still in business. The label should be by the sight gauge directly in back of the console

Why do you say the tank is unusable --- has it rotted through? --- If not replacing the gaskets should solve most of the problem -- the other area is the vent line which might be the cause or even the fuel fill cap might not be sealing tight. You should be using a water separating filter like a Racor.

Anyway I would guess you have a 150 or a 175 hp engine and 12 gallon fuel tanks won't last long.

Would suggest that you do some more checking on the replacement if that is really necessary and or determine by a pressure check of the tank the leakage location --- it is normal for some water to enter, the filter should handle that and also use some type of water absorbent say on every other fill up --

dfmcintyre posted 03-29-2001 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Dave -

One thing to think about is what your cruising range normally is, and just how many portable tanks you will need.

Is this the 21' low rub rail outrage we're talking about?


JimU posted 03-30-2001 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Dave, that price seems mighty high. Have you condidered having one fabricated? Down here in Cajun country we have lots of fellows who can weld up an aluminum tank at the drop of a hat. You might also want to check out the Tempo products available at West Marine. You might also want to be VERY careful about putting a gas tank in the center console with electrical wires--DANGEROUS COMBINATION. Cheers, JIM

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