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Old 08-24-2005, 01:02 AM
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I have a fuel tank built in to the boat like a Skater that is part of the hull [fiberglassed and gelcoated between the stringers].It came apart and had to be fixed.I was told that race gas will delaminate the gelcoat and make the cell come apart.Has anyone had this problem?
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Dont spill it on the outside, knucklehead
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:05 AM
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Freedom 1 had a similar problem in his Skater
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:01 PM
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Its Not Race Gas Its The Ethonal In The Gas Its Wrecking All The Componets In The Fuel Systems It Dosent Happen Right Away Its Long Term The Carb Rebuilder I Use Told Me He Usually Goes Through About 100 Carb Kits A Summer He Is Over 250 This Year Cause Of The Crap Gas We Have Its Eating Away All the Built In Glass tanks Now What Do we have Top Do? ATL Fuel Cells?
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ATL wants $ 3500 for a bladder for my boat.
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Old 08-24-2005, 01:51 PM
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Call aircraft rubber, much better prices on my one-off cells for UAV's. http://www.aircraftrubber.com/fuelsafe.html

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Old 08-24-2005, 02:09 PM
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Was this a rubber cell? If so:

If the rubber dissolved you want to make sure the new bladder is made of Butyl Rubber. If they used synthetic rubber or a natural and syn blend, it will deteriorate.

Did the rubber break down, dissolve or turn into small chunks? If it chunked and chalks when you touch it it oxidized.

Did the glass break down? If so it is not glass.

Is the rubber still in tack but just separated from the next ply? If so you had a ply failure. Caused by insufficient skimming of the fabric, air trapped between the plies while curing, not enough tack or resin in the rubber to hold the green bladder together before curing, some idiot building the bladder while eating a salami sandwich, etc, etc.

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Does anybody know what Skater is lining their tanks with? How do they seal the top of the tank?
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