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Old 22 August 2010, 08:16   #21
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How about getting one of the flexible drain rods you use to clean out drains with, if it would fit down the breather pipe, and try and knock the kink out a bit? They are quite flexible but designed to push hard against obstructions and usually only about an inch or so in diameter.

Or as another solution - bit of a bodge but it might work - if you reckon you can push through the obstruction into the tank then how about getting a length of pipe that you can sleeve inside the breather, and pushing it in until it clears the obstruction, if you can then secure it inside the breather then you could leave it there. You might need to drill a series of holes up the length of the new bit of pipe so that it did not go too far down into the tank and suck up fuel.

I'm guessing a bit here as I've never seen the arrangement, but just a couple of thoughts that might be helpful.

If it looks like a manufacturing issue - is the boat still under warranty?
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Old 22 August 2010, 09:19   #22
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Old 22 August 2010, 09:21   #23
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What material is the Vent connector going into the tank? I'm going to assume it's stainless steel. If access is good from the top of this connector then might I suggest using a round wooden or plastic drift/form so that you can bang it down and reform the end of the pipe. It has to be non metallic otherwise you could cause a spark and blow yourself up

Of course I would point out that if you aren't competent or comfortable in doing such a task then it would be wise to get some professional help.
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Old 23 August 2010, 00:17   #24
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Don't know about shipping to UK, but this will give you a closer look at what you are up against for $90usd.

http://www.harborfreight.com/wireles...tor-66550.html

All you need is to clear tha obstruction, so any stiff tube inserted downe the vent and left in place should work. If yhe air restriction is caused by a tighgt bend then no poblem. If there is some blockage, you wouldn't want to push any foreign material into your fuel tank.

What about running a small diameter hose down your fuel fill tube. It may not be perfect, but it should speed the filling precess untill you can work out the problem.
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Old 23 August 2010, 04:29   #25
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Just a question...

Is the vent connection on the tank at the same end as the filler? If so you may well find that the vent pipe goes inside the tank, turns through an elbow, and then is extended right down to the other end of the tank, thus allowing gas (air) to vent out of the far end of the tank as you fill the near end.

This would possibly explain the "obstruction" but not the poor venting.
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Old 23 August 2010, 04:46   #26
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the vent pipe would have been put through a hole drilled on top of the tank and then welded round to seal it.
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What material is the Vent connector going into the tank? I'm going to assume it's stainless steel.
A reasonable assumption.......
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Old 23 August 2010, 14:36   #27
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Don't know about shipping to UK, but this will give you a closer look at what you are up against for $90usd.

http://www.harborfreight.com/wireles...tor-66550.html

All you need is to clear tha obstruction, so any stiff tube inserted downe the vent and left in place should work. If yhe air restriction is caused by a tighgt bend then no poblem. If there is some blockage, you wouldn't want to push any foreign material into your fuel tank.

What about running a small diameter hose down your fuel fill tube. It may not be perfect, but it should speed the filling precess untill you can work out the problem.
Maplin in the UK do something very similar.

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Old 23 August 2010, 17:25   #28
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Maplin in the UK do something very similar.

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Plumbers and electricians usually have these. You may get one to come have a look for an hours worth of labor
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Plumbers and electricians usually have these. You may get one to come have a look for an hours worth of labor
LOL Would be cheaper to buy one from Maplins..
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