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Old 07 June 2013, 17:49   #11
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Ribcraft aren't the best when it comes to getting back to you... been there before. Suggest you speak to Charlie and see what options are.
+ 1 on that been there several times. However Charlie is a good chap, gets back to you and will do what he can to help.
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Old 09 June 2013, 02:53   #12
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+ 1 on that been there several times. However Charlie is a good chap, gets back to you and will do what he can to help.
+2 I phoned Charlie on Saturday morning to explain I needed my anti slip deck covering replaced asap. He then phoned the work shop manager at home to arrange to have it done next week. It's now the first job they are going to do at 6am on Monday morning. . Service like this is very rare. Well done Ribcraft.
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Old 09 June 2013, 03:52   #13
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I would be surprised if a stainless steel tank is used. Condensation is a problem with stainless as I remember. I cannot recall why.

Don't know your laws but pressure testing is a standard operation in the States even though they are not meant to be pressure vessels.
While you guys in the states have mostly Ali tanks us in the uk are the other way round, they are pressure tested and if they are below deck they are foamed in with expanding foam, this tank will need to come out, you would need to satisfy yourself and the owner, there are other risks with welding use fuel tank, boom baby springs to mind
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Old 09 June 2013, 04:20   #14
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Hi,
Many thanks for the comments. I can confirm that the fuel is from the bilge, open the drain plug and fuel/water comes out, the console being dry. If anyone has had the same problems, has it been due to corrosion or welds to the tank?
Many thanks again for your help, all comments welcome.
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Old 09 June 2013, 06:35   #15
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Frank, I have experienced those symptom with a previous RIB. Like you, I assumed the worst had happened. Luckily the issue in my case was a damaged fuel filler hose that was dumping a couple of liters of fuel into the bilges every fill. Sorted with a new hose. You need to check the filler and breather hoses are sound throughout and well joined. Same at the fuel supply spigot and the inspection plate that the fuel sender is most likely set into. You will need to follow the fuel line to the engine too, it could be leaking (although if the engine is running well, it's unlikely.)

After all that, I'd fill the tank to the brim and open the bilge - see what flows...
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I had the same problem last year with my boat...I was informed that my inboard fuel tanks had holes in them after doing a pressure test and would have to be taken out. I removed the console, cut up a relatively new deck(2008) and removed the tanks.

They went away to be properly tested only to be told they werent leaking and it was just the gaskets round the fuel senders were gone!! This was the only part of the fuel tank that was visible without removing the deck as it was all housed in a jockey seat!

That was an expensive mistake for me so be sure before you do anything as its a lot of work.
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Ali tanks usually get pin holes and stainless usually split welds. You can pressure tanks in situ if you can get near the services to it. Sender. Filler. Etc
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Biffer, thanks for the information. After going through a tank replacement on our boat, I feel for the OP.

Over here, we are fighting the problem of alcohol in our gasoline and mydrid problems from it. Do you have the alcohol problem? It eats gaskets, hoses, and vent lines.

One concern we had was gasoline leaked into the bilge and concerns of causing a spark when cutting the deck to get at the tank. After getting most of the gas out of the tank, we ran many gallons of water through the bilge until the wash water lost most of the gasoline smell before making the cutout.
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Old 10 July 2017, 07:59   #19
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Hi All
I am looking at getting a ribcraft-5-85m but I am a little worried on some stories I have heard about fuel tanks leaking. I am looking at two boats, one of which has had fuel tank fixed, the other which the seller says hasn't had fuel tank issues. Prefer engine on one which hasn't had issues (apparently) to the engine on one which has had fuel tank fixed. The boats are about 17 years old (2000). Any advice? Is this problem common? How can I check about it before spending hard earned cash?
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It isn't common that ive seen with ribcraft but at 17 years old it is a chance as is anything. All you can do is pressure test the tank, take the drain bung out and see if you can smell petrol worth a quick test too.
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