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Old 07 December 2011, 16:24   #1
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Fueltank twilight zone

After having the boat in storage( fully horizontal) for 3 weeks we seem to have fuel 'appearing' on the floor of the boat without an obvious cause/reason. All connections etcetera remain dry however there is a small amount of fuels lying below the fuel venting plug.
Other weird bit is the if your remove the filler cap there is a hissing sound like the venting plug isnt working, it is working fine however!

Does anybody ever removed a tank out of a delta? And can it be ( my best guess so far)that the vent is attached to a pipe which leads to the bottom of the tank instead of to the top? (because that would create the ultimate non return valve: air can go in but cannot get out anymore)

Any assistance understanding this ( and solving it) would be great!

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Old 08 December 2011, 06:51   #2
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Delta have a funny way of doing the fuel systems sometimes. If there was fuel in the vent pipe that would account for it.
Pressure your tank with your tube foot pump to see if fuel comes out of the vent. I will assume that a company like delta would have done the vent right. It should be just in the top of the tank not to the bottom

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Could it be condensed evaporated fuel?

If the temp is cycling, the vent could be allowing the small amount of vapour that is generated in the "warm" condition to be the first to condense when the temp drops at night. Fuel then re- liquidises on the vent wall and assuming you have ai ninverted "U" i nthe pipe to stop water ingress it doesn't get sooked back in and drips out the open end.

Leave stationary for a while and he presto, puddle of fuel created by a drop or two per day. When in use any of that would be dispersed by bige water , movement etc. and probably not even condense in the first place as I guess it would be summer.
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Have you disconnected any of the fuel lines/breather pipes recently? I've heard some interesting stories of incorrectly refitted hoses.... A swapped return and vent might do the trick.

You mention a hiss when opening the fuel tank and you also say the vent is working. Only one of these things can be correct as there could be no pressure if the vent was working correctly.

Is the tank very full with fuel? An "overfilled" tank might have covered the vent pipe with fuel. As the pressure built up, fuel would be forced up the vent until a little was spilled, reducing the pressure again.
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Have you disconnected any of the fuel lines/breather pipes recently? I've heard some interesting stories of incorrectly refitted hoses.... A swapped return and vent might do the trick.
I only changed the nozzle (on top of the jockeyseat - the fillercap is also situated here(under the seat) )

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You mention a hiss when opening the fuel tank and you also say the vent is working. Only one of these things can be correct as there could be no pressure if the vent was working correctly.
i meant by working correctly : it is letting air in and air out when filling up so it is only after this storage the 'hiss' is apparent.


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Is the tank very full with fuel? An "overfilled" tank might have covered the vent pipe with fuel. As the pressure built up, fuel would be forced up the vent until a little was spilled, reducing the pressure again.
boat was not stored with a full tank, that would indeed be the most obvious reason....but it seems to be 'burping fuel' with less
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Could it be condensed evaporated fuel?

If the temp is cycling, the vent could be allowing the small amount of vapour that is generated in the "warm" condition to be the first to condense when the temp drops at night. Fuel then re- liquidises on the vent wall and assuming you have ai ninverted "U" i nthe pipe to stop water ingress it doesn't get sooked back in and drips out the open end.

Leave stationary for a while and he presto, puddle of fuel created by a drop or two per day. When in use any of that would be dispersed by bige water , movement etc. and probably not even condense in the first place as I guess it would be summer.
hmmmm - yeah, that is definately a possibility, thanks!

One thing i forgot to mention.. the fuel apparent seems to be a funky blue-ish colour. I considered the smurfs had been borrowing fuel and then refilled the tank during one night but the owner of the storage place is having cats (so storage should be smurf free) . could there be any other reason for this discolouration? (checked the flanges used and all seem to be fine)
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talking of smurfs - what colour does a Smurf go when you choke it?

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talking of smurfs - what colour does a Smurf go when you choke it?

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no idea but with all the rubber glued to the sides of the boat nowadays it will at least be 'safe' ;-)
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I tried to avoid the Smurf jokes after the blue fuel - clearly unsuccesfull...;-)

Thanks suggestions so far- I will try the pump trick Biffer suggested and see what happens. Avoiding condensation implies storing the boat with a full tank.. will try that as well if 'plan A' doesnt shed some light on this. Thank you guys!
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I found with my old RIB that sometimes if I topped up the tank a little fuel would come out of the vent pipe and on to the deck. This in it's self wasn't a major problem for me as I learnt to guess when I was near the top and slow the pump to prevent this.

However, the vent pipe inside the console went though a full 360 deg before terminating in to the top of the tank. Fuel would sit in the U bend and act like a plug of water in a U bend on a drain. Perhaps the expansion of air inside the tank is pushing this plug of fuel up the pipe and out of the vent.

Easy to fix if that's your problem. Remove the U shape by routing the tube direct from the vent to tank.
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