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Old 09 June 2014, 12:08   #1
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Extending my fuel hose

Was out on Windermere for the first time with my SR4 4m and whilst i was sitting looking round the thought crossed my mind about moving the fuel tank forward into the area under the seat to keep the weight forward and give me more space behind.

Two questions please:-

Will the battery and the fuel tank being in the same place be safe?

Is lengthening the pipe an issue?

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Lots of 4m Seariders have fuel and battery close by but I have always found myself questioning the set up. However I'm not aware of any problems being reported as a result.

As long as a good battery box is used and the filler is as far as possible from battery in case of spills you should be ok.

Obviously make sure you have lots of ventilation and ideally fill the tank outside of the boat.

Personally I wouldn't extend the fuel line, I'd buy an entire new one instead for piece of mind.

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Have a look at this ..... http://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/medi...lete%20web.pdf
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I had an extension on my boat fuel line when i got it (just ripped it all out though). It was an old BSPT fitting stuffed into the two hose sections and secured with jubilee clips. Not the best connector to use, but it never leaked or caused problems. You can get proper barbed hose connector fittings which are dirt cheap and a bit better than I had. Should be no more of a risk than the fitting on the tank or engine end of the hose.

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Thanks for this chaps, I will check what type of battery i have, swap it for a sealed version if it isn't already that type and fir a complete new hose. The tank connection is a push fit type of the kind seen on tractor hydraulic connections if that makes sense.
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why extend and cause a possibe problem by introducing a joint buy a complete length from somewhere like asap supplies who sell it by the meter its not realy expensive and will be propper marine grade fuel hose
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That's what i will do, as you say, not worth worrying about the possibility of leaks. Just want to make sure the battery will be fine. There are enough holes in the Jockey seat area and console for ventilation
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