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Lewis posted 06-07-2001 04:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for Lewis   Send Email to Lewis  
I just completed rewiring my 1984 25' Outrage. I replaced everything electrical! I feel 100% more confident about tackling any DC job. One thing I found in the process was that my fuel fill hoses were pretty much rotten, I mean leaking. The bulkhead design that whaler made is poor and the lines sit in water! When I uncovered mine and grabbed it, my finger went through it! Needless to say I replaced the fill lines, while having the console up and the floor removed I also found my supply lines to be failing, not yet pulling air, but in pretty bad shape. In addition the floor panel was delaminated and saturated and weighed about 200 pounds. It took a week of rolling it out into the sun and several drain holes which dripped continuously to dry it out. I ground out the rot and repaired it with fiberglass and west system. I have learned alot about the insides of these boats, and DC wiring if any has any questions. Lewis
lhg posted 06-07-2001 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Regarding fuel lines, sometime around 87 or 88, the Fed's changed the requirement on these hoses to be alcohol resistant. The earlier hoses used by Whaler, and all other manufacturers as well, were not alcohol resistant, and problems like described above will happen. Alcohol in gas, nowadays a reality that can't be avoided, is really bad for boat tanks and fuel hoses.

My 89 Outrage came with the new standard in fuel lines, and I recently checked them and they are fine. My 86 Outrage did not have this alcohol resistant fuel line, and although it's still ok, it's a little "mushy", and I'm replacing it. Anyone with an '88 or older Outrage/Revenge, should do this! The engine brand fuel lines and primer bulbs, Dealer installed from the Whaler hose barbs to engines, should also be alcohol resistant new stuff.

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