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    Gas in bilge

    dsparksdsparks Member Posts: 5
    I have a new, used 2003 GS 201 Fun Deck.  Filled it with gas two days ago, yesterday found app. 2 gallons of gas in the bilge.  What did I do wrong?

    Answers

    • FlyingV5FlyingV5 Member Posts: 154 ✭✭✭
      Be very careful, that is a dangerous situation. Open the hatch and remove the access covers to let the fumes out. Drain the spilled fuel or sop it up with a rag. A fan will help. Wait until the spill is dry. Use a cordless LED type light (not a hot bulb) to inspect the bilge. Don't turn on any battery power, but find out where the gasoline is leaking. It should vent to the outside even if it is overfilled so you probably have a cracked vent hose or filler hose.

    • dsparksdsparks Member Posts: 5
      Thanks for this info.  I pumped out and sopped up all the fuel.  There's no more fuel coming into the bilge.  Stupid q (I'm new), but other than looking at the hoses in the access hole next to the captain's chair, how do I figure out where there's a crack?
    • FlyingV5FlyingV5 Member Posts: 154 ✭✭✭
      Sounds like you have the immediate danger under control, dsparks (but watch out around gasoline with that username). As a retired mechanic, let me first advise you to be very careful working with fuel and don't try anything you don't feel confident about. One of the best ways to diagnose a leak like yours is to use a "smoke machine", which produces a non-flammable white vapor at regulated low pressure. Squirt it in the tank and see where it comes out. But since the tank is under the deck, visibility will be difficult. Perhaps someone with access to factory info can offer a diagram of the hoses or a photo of the bilge with tank before the deck is on? A dealer mechanic would probably know just where to look. Good luck.
    • dsparksdsparks Member Posts: 5
      Flying V5; thanks for your follow-up.  I think I found the leak, the area around the metal plate with the wires  on the top of the tank (I think holding the gas gauge sensor) is damp.  My assumption is filling the tank all the way pushed gas up against it and then putting the boat on the lift and tilting the bow up caused gas to leak out from around the plate. Probably a bad gasket.  I have a picture of the plate, but I can't figure out how to post it here.  Anyway, I think this is a good enough lead for my boat guy for when he comes out and fixes the thing!  Thanks for helping me through it.
    • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
      dsparks, your comment about not knowing how to post a picture on the forum reminded me that I wanted to post instructions on how to do it.  Sometimes we forget that everyone out there has different level computer skills and pictures are very important for forum activity.

      I've attached the instruction sheet.  Hope this helps!
      2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
      2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

    • dsparksdsparks Member Posts: 5
      Thanks for the info on posting.  Here's the suspected area.

    • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Northern NJMember, Moderator Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭
      I would say you definitely identified at least one problem.  After replacing that gasket, I would still keep a very watchful eye on the bilge area for other potential leaks.  Regarding cleaning up, I would recommend a non-flammable degreaser in cleaning up the bilge area to fully eliminate fumes.  I use ZEP Fast 505 for cleaning up fuel/oil/grease, available at Home Depot. 
      2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
      2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

    • dsparksdsparks Member Posts: 5
      thanks.  I'll report back.  I appreciate the advice.

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