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tion010 posted 09-15-2006 10:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for tion010   Send Email to tion010  
I 'm thinking about buying a 1991 boston whaler 16 ft dual console ventura can any one tell me where the gas tank is located. the new gas additive ethanol, will it cause problems with the tank that in there now? if so, I will need to replace the old tank. all replies will greatly appreciating
Undaunted1 posted 09-24-2006 04:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Undaunted1  Send Email to Undaunted1     
FYI here is my experience, check if you have a fiberglass tank:

Apparently at least fuel sold in New Jersey has ethanol in it as of this season (2006). Running less then 7 gallons of this new fuel formula in my 1995 Dauntless in June has resulted in $3000.00 damage and loss of the boat for most of the summer. Symptoms were motor not idling properly and dying on acceleration.

It took cleaning the 3 carbeurators 3 times before identifying the problem, resulting in an in-line micron filter, a replacement Pate fiberglass fuel tank (ethanol-proof, 530.00 alone) and one new carbeurator.

I have a 1995 Yamaha 50hp and was skeptical that the damage could come on so quickly, but there you have it...

TRAFFICLAWYER posted 09-24-2006 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Too depressing too even comment on.

JoeyP posted 09-24-2006 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for JoeyP  Send Email to JoeyP     
So if you have what I would consider a new Pate tank installed in the beginning of the season consider it a $530.00 loss. The new upgraded Pate tank is now ok to use and is 100% ethanol proof. This upgraded tank became available in late July or August of this year.

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