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Jim D posted 08-24-2006 11:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jim D   Send Email to Jim D  
I have the 2003 BW Montauk 170 with standard portable fuel tanks (Quicksilver). I want to let you all know of a possible problem that I experienced that may also affect you.
Yesterday we were on a 25 mile trip. I had the two standard portable tanks onboard with 1 additional spare tank. Suddenly the boat chuggs and then dies. I'm thinking no way we are out of gas since we had only been underway for about an hour. I check the primer bulb and she's dry. I pump but she won't prime. I check the tank and it is over half full. I switch tanks anyway and she primes right away and starts right up. Something was obviously wrong with the tank.
When we returned from our trip, I took the tank apart. The feeder tube that goes to the bottom of the tank had actually disconnected and fallen off inside the tank. It was loose in the bottom of the tank. That's why I could not get a prime...it was sucking air. I reattached the tube using a SS screwclamp and firmly reattached it. I also Gumouted the fine mesh on the end of the tube that filters the gas. I was quite surprised that the tube was only pressed onto the tank outlet. I inspected the other tank and it was the same.
If you ever have similar problems, assume that tube is bad. You might want to dissassemle it now and make sure that tube is firmly attached. I suspect it falls off with age as the plastic ages in the gasoline. It is also a good idea to disassemble the tank and Gumout the fine mesh. Mine was nearly clogged.

Happy Whalin'

Jim D
Waretown, NJ

Jkcam posted 08-25-2006 04:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
Thanks for the heads up, Jim.
Chuck Tribolet posted 08-25-2006 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I've had the same thing happen with a Pate tank with the
tube soldered to the fitting. I ended up sticking the end
of the hose in the tank filler to get home.


Chuck

bsmotril posted 08-29-2006 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Chuck,
I'll file that little tidbit into the mental archive for future use. Way to go McGyver.
BillS

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