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CaJeff posted 11-10-2003 11:13 AM ET (US)   Profile for CaJeff   Send Email to CaJeff  
I had a problem with excess water in the fuel with my 1997 17' Outrage.
Seems BW doesn't think people see much rough water and placed the fuel vent on the outside of the hull. Forcing the water over the static leg of the vent pipe.
Quick fix: I was fortunate as there was an inspection plate opposite the fuel vent. Removed the vent and filled the hole with epoxy. Drilled another hole opposite side. Installed the vent into the inner hull.
When filling the fuel splashes into the boat into a container and not into the water. Of course all electrical appliances are off.
Anyways the motor was missing which led me to the problem and fix. Took the boat to a "mechanic" he charged me $300 to rebuild the carbs and mentioned "You got a lot of water in your fuel". I was much chagrined he charged $300+ and didn't drain the tank. Anyone else experience this type of service?
Tom W Clark posted 11-10-2003 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I suspect you have bigger problems than just the location of your fuel tank vent.

I do not believe there is anything particarly odd about the vent location on the 1997 17' Outrage. It is very similar to the location of the fuel tank vent on most every other Whaler with a built in tank that has an external fuel tank vent, and most other similar power boats built over the last several decades.

I would be more inclined to think you got a bad load of fuel.

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 11-10-2003 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Every Whaler I have owned, 95,98,01 and 03 Models have all had the fuel vent outside the hull or vented thru the gas tank. Currently on my 03 Conquest there is a loop which should prevent any water from entering the tank.

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