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frontier posted 03-15-2003 09:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for frontier   Send Email to frontier  
1987 Revenge 22. Fuel hoses going into & out of the filter are a little checked on the outside. Filter housing has some outside corrosion. All original. No leaks. Anything to worry about?
Steve Leone posted 03-16-2003 01:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
If you are not sure replace them. Use Shields thick walled alchol-proof fuel line. A bit pricey but you will only do it once. It is rated for a 2 minite burn. This is a coast guard standard. If you have a fire it will give you 2 minutes to either jump out of the boat or put the thing out. Steve
lhg posted 03-17-2003 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Not until 1988, I believe, did Whaler install the alcohol resistant fuel lines. The alcohol in the fuel will dissolve certain solvents out of the hose and ruin it. As Steve mentions, I would definitely replace the fuel withdrawl hoses from the tank to filter if your boat is 1987 or older.
jimh posted 03-17-2003 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My 20-REVENGE is from approximately the same era. Replacing the fuel lines from tank to filter to outboard was a simple project. There is good access to the path and the hose is not very expensive.

As LHG mentions, it may be that the rubber lines in your boat are not the type rated to resist alcohol-laden gasoline.

The addition of alcohol to gasoline is very common in the midwest. It makes no scientific sense but contributes millions of dollars profit to the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) company and to some midwest farmers who have grown more corn than market can buy.

ADM is extremely active politically. They paid for Bob Dole's kids to go to college. They sponsor many of the Sunday morning political shows. They were fined over $100-million--the largest fine in history at the time--for fixing the price of farm comodities on a global scale with overseas producers. In short, they are the worst kind of company, and they are the ones that used their political friends to whom they taught cocktail-party science to get alcohol added to the gasoline under the banner of ecology.

As a result, any rubber hose in older boats and motors is now subject to hardening and leaking as the alcohol in the gasoline affects the hose.

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