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Old 29 January 2017, 18:36   #1
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Fuel leak XS540

Headed out to the launch ramp today and on arriving ,found the bilge with about 1/2" of fuel in it ! Nothing obvious at the stern (has new fuel filter/separator) . No obvious leaks around fuel sender or fill hose. So disconnected fuel line and removed it. Pressurized it under water and no leaks.
Can't see too well around the fuel tank as built in under the console . So ended up carefully using a hole saw, to drill an access hole just aft of the tank.
So found tank, sitting in a pool of fuel ! ( It's a 110 Ltr aluminium tank,about 13 years old .) So question two fold ! Anyone had any luck removing this type of tank, cutting through the side (without removing whole console ) or just use new exterior tank and forget the original ?
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Old 30 January 2017, 09:42   #2
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As its an XS RIbs boat, suggest you contact them. They will fix it for you, and am sure at fair price.
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Old 30 January 2017, 10:29   #3
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They might fix it however I believe that transport costs could be an issue
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Lol. I missed the California bit !

On the XS ribs, the cockpit is glassed in. So I guess its a case of cutting the cockpit out to allow access to the tank, then glassing it back in.

All within the capabilities of a competent boat builder / marine shop anywhere in the world I guess.

At least XS could help with advice / parts etc. if need be.
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At this stage of it's life, I don't want to really throw a lot of money at it.Big bucks over here to have that console cut out/ tank replaced and glassed back in.
Also don't have the time to do it myself !
So looking into cutting out the side of the console to get to the tank and removing it (or installing a smaller tank inside the old one,if it proves too difficult. Can get a Moeller 20 gallon tank with all the fittings for about $250. (As don't really need the range the 30 gall gave me).
Anyone done this and had success ?
Will keep you posted
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Old 31 January 2017, 05:29   #6
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dont know if your boat is built like this one but a big job to remove the old tank and very expensive if not a DIY job
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A few people have done what you are thinking of. Unfortunately a lot of ribs have under deck tanks and if they leak it is get your visa or grinder at the ready.

Do you have a picture of the boat and where the tank is?
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dont know if your boat is built like this one but a big job to remove the old tank and very expensive if not a DIY job
I disagree thats a v expensive job. This is a relatively straightforward grind-away-grp job.

Would be a different proposition if the tank was under the deck though!
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I disagree thats a v expensive job. This is a relatively straightforward grind-away-grp job.

Would be a different proposition if the tank was under the deck though!
It is where he lives and he hasn't the time to DIY and even more expensive as you say under deck.
If like the one in the video I would be inclined to put a bladder in it through an inspection hatch or try an internal repair there use to be tank repair kits for steel tanks
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Great video Jeff ! Very useful ! Yes, that's my tank exactly!
Shying away from cuttting out the whole console if I can help it, as I don't really want to disconnect all the controls and wiring.I am hoping to get in through the side of the console to access the tank. Either removing it completely( if feasible) or cutting a side out and top to install a smaller tank.Again its costs against use ! I have a local shop that will weld up any size I want and could
slip inside the old. But cost maybe a problem.Whereas a smaller plastic , will manage the trips I do . Even Amazon sell them with all fittings and free shipping !

https://www.amazon.com/Moeller-Marin...EBN3FNNFWC46DM

Will photo document, to let you know how it goes!
thanks for all the advice, cheers Dal
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