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TDavison posted 03-28-2004 09:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for TDavison   Send Email to TDavison  
When buying a used boat, is a fuel tank inspection commonly done. Also, what is the expected life of a fuel tank and how would you go about replacing one on a 1992 Outrage? Aren't the tanks sealed in the hull?
jimh posted 03-28-2004 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There is a fairly large body of evidence (consisting of many older Boston Whaler boats in the field) that suggests the aluminum fuel tanks in Boston Whaler boats will last 20 years or more. The hoses connected to them will not. I recommend the hoses be checked and replaced as needed.

A 1992 OUTRAGE 19 has only one fuel tank. It is not readily accessible for inspection, repair, or replacement. It is my understanding based on extended conversation with a friend who owns one of these boats that the cockpit floor would have to be cut out to access the tank. I would suggest you contact Boston Whaler customer service to confirm that. If you do, please let us know their reply.

Sal DiMercurio posted 03-28-2004 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
If I'm not mistaken, the center deck section under the center counsel back to the well is screwed down as my v20 is & is removable, but a royal pain in the butt to do.
jimh posted 03-29-2004 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Sal, I believe you are incorrect. The cockpit of the 1992 Outrage 19 is markedly different than that of your V-20 (and most other Outrages).
TDavison posted 03-29-2004 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for TDavison  Send Email to TDavison     
One thing for sure, there is no access to the fuel tank on the boat. That is why I am concerned about "typical" life span of these tanks. I will contact BW and will post anything I learn about these tanks.

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