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homey posted 07-09-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for homey   Send Email to homey  
I was recently looking at a 1989 25 outrage. I opened the fuel gage access port and was checking the fuel gage/fuel lines. I could smell a faint odor of fuel/fumes. Is this typical? There wasn't any hull damage at all and the boat appeared to be in great condition.Thanks.
Tom W Clark posted 07-09-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Faint odor of gas? That's pretty normal. A little gas in the bilge will stink things up in a hurry.

Fuel tanks can corrode out but the fuel hoses are usually the first to go. Is your boat a salt water boat? Have the fuel hoses been upgraded?

NEVER SCARED posted 07-09-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
Sometimes the slimey stuff that grows under the deck gives off an odor similar to gas.
homey posted 07-09-2002 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for homey  Send Email to homey     
The boat is a saltwater boat and the hoses appeared to be intact and secured properly, didn't observe any dry rot...I figured everything to be completely sealed eliminating any fumes?... Thats why I thought the odor may indicate a possible problem.Thanks.
homey posted 07-09-2002 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for homey  Send Email to homey     
Thanks Tom clark, Whats the average life of a fuel tank? (The boat is a 1989)
acseatsri posted 07-09-2002 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Odor could be coming from the vent, especially on a hot day.
David Ratusnik posted 07-09-2002 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Lift the fuel gauge lens and smell gas fumes. This is not normal. I lift the lens on my 22'OR after use and fresh water wash down, -- smell no gas. Sounds like a BOMB to me. Sniff test goes like this-- would you feel comfortable fishing for the day with a guy who chain smokes?? Would you light up a cigar?? I know, don't smoke. Gas fumes come from a leak. Don't ignore. .03 David

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