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QualityTime posted 08-01-2006 01:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for QualityTime   Send Email to QualityTime  
I have a 2001 Conquest, twin 225 Opti's, no generator, no bilge blower. Thought a blower was required on anything with built in gas tanks, manual mentions blower if optional generator is installed

Is this correct?

Dick posted 08-01-2006 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The bilge blower is only required if there is an engine installed inside the boat. There is no need for one with outboards.
QualityTime posted 08-02-2006 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for QualityTime  Send Email to QualityTime     
thanks, had my CG auxilary exam and they questioned why no blower.
Plotman posted 08-03-2006 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
That is scary- sounds like your CGAUX folks need a refresher...
Chuck Tribolet posted 08-04-2006 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
"Item 6 - Ventilation:

Boats with gasoline engines in closed compartments, built after 1 August 1980 must have a powered ventilation system. Those built prior to that date must have natural or powered ventilation.

Boats with closed fuel tank compartments built after 1 August 1978 must meet requirements by displaying a "certificate of compliance." Boats built before that date must have either natural or powered ventilation in the fuel tank compartment."

But it's probably not a bad idea to have blower if you've
got a below decks compartment. Gas fumes are heavier than
air. If you have a gas spill on deck, the fumes will run
downhill into the cabin. A system that vents the bottom
of the bilge would pump the fumes back over the side.


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