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daverdla posted 05-12-2003 08:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for daverdla   Send Email to daverdla  
I bought my pate 27 last year from another forum member. He had pressure tested the tank. Everything checked out. Unfortunately, the tank has developed a weeping leak just below the gauge decal where the side of the tank meets the base. Some of you have asked me for pictures of my hinged seat. You may notice that the original owner had filed a notch in the tank base just below where it is now leaking. The notch allowed the fuel line to pass under the tank and into the bilge tunnel.

If anyone is thinking about it - don't cut a notch in your Pate!

Anyway, I called Pate. They were very helpful and said that I could try repairing it. I won't. I don't like working with fiberglass. They also said that the tank is at least twenty years old.

If anyone in the Philadelphia area would like a free leaking pate tank send me an email. You'll have to pick it up. Please understand that IT IS NOT USABLE IN IT'S CURRENT CONDITION. Otherwise, I'll be scrapping it. What's the best way? I was thinking that I would fill it with water, drain it and then cut it up.


PS - I'll be ordering a new Pate tomorrow.

Whalerdan posted 05-13-2003 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
My old pate did the same thing and it wasn't filed. The guy who owned the boat before me patched it up but it started leaking again. I think temperature changes stress that joint and cause it to fail with the expansion and contraction.
Bigshot posted 05-13-2003 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I am father lives on LBI and is in Philthadelphia very often. E-mail me the details if still available.
ib4dook posted 05-13-2003 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for ib4dook  Send Email to ib4dook     
My Pate 27 (original installation by dealer) on Montauk 17 has started leaking somewhere around the base. Interestingly, it was installed on the factory pads with a cutout on the port side and the hose going down the port side and under the tank to access the bilge tunnel. Or is it a leak in the hose itself where it goes under the tank? Time will tell....
Chesapeake posted 05-14-2003 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Dave: It should be be sent to Tom Clark and installed in the Chain Saw Whaler.

Sorry to hear of your problem.


DADDYSSHRINKII posted 09-17-2003 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for DADDYSSHRINKII  Send Email to DADDYSSHRINKII     
I installed my "Glasstank" (how Pate used to call their tanks) 23 years ago. used mats under the tank. slightly notched the tank aft and midships. used the original hawse pipe fitting and no problems what so ever. Course it has only been 23 years!!
daverdla posted 09-17-2003 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
No one took my tank. I couldn't force myself to cut it up so it's in the top of my garage. If anyone wants to pick it up in the philly area let me know. I won't ship it. Someone local did send me an email. I responded but never got a response.

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