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Fuel tank leak

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  1. Dan balmer

    Dan balmer Member

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    Hi all. Have discovered my 400 gal aluminum fuel tank in my 38’ 1988 Pearson yacht is leaking and who do I call. The boat is on the hard in mystic Connecticut
  2. rtrafford

    rtrafford Senior Member

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    Start by calling the yard to pump the tank into some barrels, get the fuel out. You'll eventually discover that the boat allowed water to accumulate under the tank and create the opportunity for electrolysis. Your replacement tank will be stainless.
  3. Dan balmer

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    Ok thanks. Will do that now.
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    Am having trouble saying anything on this site. What am I doing wrong such that I am told that I have to be registered to do anything and when I try todo that it doesn’t work
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  6. Dan balmer

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    Ok all. I have gotten some barrrls and will pump out fuel tomorrow. Have called Triton and he advised that I cut the cockpit deck out remove and remake a new tank by tank builder as my most cost effective method. The existing top rear half of the tank is accessible by way of large center deck hatch. This is where all the fittings are and access port as well. What prevents me from cutting this 2x3 square section out and getting in the tank to find the problem
  7. rtrafford

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    IF you can get the old aluminum tank out and replace it with stainless, you'll be well served. If the aluminum has pitted to a point where it leaks, there are likely weak spots just waiting to leak. Stainless and stainless fittings. And bond it to the system. See how water can find its way into the chamber and try to keep it from returning.
  8. Dan balmer

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    Thank you for your help and response. Am still going to do this to determine what the problem is either inside or out of the tank and then make a judgement. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing something stupid.
  9. DOCKMASTER

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    You’re not going to see much on the inside of the tank. The problem almost certainly lies with corrosion and/or electrolysis on the outside, bottom of the tank. You may see one or two pinholes that have gone through the tank and there may be 1,000 more ready to spring leaks that you won’t see. The tank has to come out in its entirety.
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  10. Capt Ralph

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    There is no repairing the tank (properly) while inside the boat.
    After 35 years, it has done you very well, till lately.
    Please don't spin your wheels and waist time. Get it pulled and replaced.
    We will all sleep well and safe with a new tank.
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  11. rtrafford

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    This. Additionally, it maintains your ship in sale shape. It should always be in shape for a sale. Could additionally provide you with an opportunity to perhaps increase the capacity just a bit as well as to possibly attend to any other maintenance issues while the tanks are out, given the added space. Look it as a positive.
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