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Leaky Pate 27
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posted 05-12-2003 08:06 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-13-2003 08:12 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-13-2003 11:09 AM ET (US)
I am interested.....my father lives on LBI and is in Philthadelphia very often. E-mail me the details if still available.
posted 05-13-2003 05:44 PM ET (US)
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....
posted 05-14-2003 03:54 PM ET (US)
Dave: It should be be sent to Tom Clark and installed in the Chain Saw Whaler.
Sorry to hear of your problem.
posted 09-17-2003 09:50 PM ET (US)
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!!
posted 09-17-2003 10:40 PM ET (US)
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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