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drd posted 06-13-2007 08:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for drd   Send Email to drd  
I have a 1998 outrage 20. I have run into a problem with a leaking fuel tank that needs to be replaced. Anyone out there replaced one or a similar boat. I'm contemplating tackling this job myself.I was looking for advice or lessens learned from anyone out there with experience with a similar project. Also what do you guys think would be a reasopable estimate to have this done by a shop? thanks in advance
aquaman posted 06-15-2007 12:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
DRD,

Take a look at this thread. You might email the poster and ask about his progress.

Good luck,

John

drd posted 06-15-2007 06:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
try pasting the address again
Casco Bay Outrage posted 06-15-2007 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
A number of veterans here have done it themselves. There is a reference article on one of them.

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/centerDeckRepair.html

Do a search and get ready for a lot of great reading.

drd posted 06-15-2007 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
thanks guys for the replys. Like a good BW student, I have read through the articles listed above. what do you guys think is a fair price to replace the tank by a reapir shop or professional. Also Ihave found the rubber supports for the fuel tank periodically in the bilge. which I'm assuming is the cause of a failure on a 9 year old tank.
rumrunner posted 06-15-2007 05:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
drd,
I'm particularly interested in what the specific failure location is, since I have a 97 Outrage 20. I haven't found any of the rubber supports on mine in the bilge (yet). Have you pinpointed the leak orgin - just making sure it's not the fill or vent hose for example.
Casco Bay Outrage posted 06-15-2007 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Under Reference the OEM manufacturer of the tank is Florida Marine Tank, 305-620-9030. http://www.floridamarinetanks.com

The price was $400+ including shipping (in 2002) in this thread about an Outrage 18 tank http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/001494.html

I don't have any experience on a shop repair like this so can't offer an estimate.

drd posted 06-16-2007 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
rumrunner, I was hoping it was a fuel hose etc. when I first noticed the problem(I try to thinksimple first) however with the amount of fuel in my bilage( est. 30+ gallons) both my mechanic and I agree It is a tank issue. What I think happened is that the tank supports worked there way loose(do not appear to be fixed in place with anything) causing the tank to become loose and crack. This is strictly hypothosis and I will not know until the tank is pulled out of the boat.

casco bay, BW and other shops have qouted me about $1,500 for the tank(don't know if that includes shipping)

Casco Bay Outrage posted 06-16-2007 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
I was hoping that a few of the guys who have done this project would post. I will email a few of them off-line and try to get them to weigh in.

I think that until you do a leak-down test, you will not truly know if it is the tank itself.

Have you pulled the floor?

I would call the OEM vendor and get a quote. $1500 sounds high from what I have read.

By the way, if you are mildly mechanically inclined, you could do the replacement yourself. Is that an option for you?

CBO

drd posted 06-16-2007 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
CBO I will in all liklyhood do the job myself. It seems like mostly labor and disassembling and reassembling the Ttop, console and floor. My time is at a premium though, so I'm looking to having someone else do it. In the end I will probably do some or most of the job myself.
jross036 posted 06-17-2007 03:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jross036  Send Email to jross036     
Fyi I just got a couple of 57 gal. tanks from FMT for my 2 19' Gaurdians and the price is $600.ea. for those.
drd posted 06-20-2007 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
thanks, I ended up ordering a tank from Florida Marine. I'm in the process taking everything apart while I wait for the tank. So far everything is coming apart with out any major problems.
rumrunner posted 06-20-2007 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for rumrunner  Send Email to rumrunner     
Take some pics as your work progresses, if possible. I'm curious to see what you encounter.
Casco Bay Outrage posted 06-22-2007 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
I too am interested in your photos and repair event.I have a 15 year old tank and hoses.
drd posted 06-24-2007 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for drd  Send Email to drd     
I was able to unscrew the floor and console. My oringinal plan was to try and leave the console attached to the floor section and just unscrew the floor section, to access the tank. I ended up having to unscrew the console in order to remove the floor section. The floor section lifted up pretty easy. Boston whaler originally just sealed the seams with silicon, but did not use any adhesive to hold the floor section in place. The floor section appears to be in good shape. compleatly sealed and dry, including all of the screw holes.
the gas tank is held in by brackets on the top of each side. The old gas tank lifted out fairly easy. once out of the boat there was a small approx 1/4" dia hole on the bottom of the tank. the tank looked in decent shape otherwise. there where some very small area of min. corrosion but that was it. Pretty much all of the rubber supports had come loose, and were missing under the tank. I have been taking pictures of the entire process, and will try to post.

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