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Old 10-06-2010, 07:09 PM
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Cmon now Jass do you really expect every manu to redo all these affected tanks when they had no idea about Ethanol being added and what or when will they add to the fuel next .these tank redos are small price to pay compared to what we spend on these boats and part of maintenance .maybe Osama will do a stimulus package for this since its the phuckin ethanol thats causing it .
Unless the boat was made before 88 then Ethenol was starting to be used in Fuels and there should have been some knowledge that this was on its way.....

1988 was when Ethenol was started to be used to oxegenate fuel.

2003 is when California swapped over from MTBE to Ethenol along with a number of other states.

So any boat that was built after what 2004 or 5 should have know that Ethenol was going to be used. Now if you take a bladder that would last 4 years then there are a lot of bladders that are at the end of their usefull life. IMO this is going to get worse before it gets better for a lot of these manufacturers. Heck if your allum. tank goes bad the gas is going to soak into your hull and start to do god only knows what.
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Unless the boat was made before 88 then Ethenol was starting to be used in Fuels and there should have been some knowledge that this was on its way.....

1988 was when Ethenol was started to be used to oxegenate fuel.

2003 is when California swapped over from MTBE to Ethenol along with a number of other states.

So any boat that was built after what 2004 or 5 should have know that Ethenol was going to be used. Now if you take a bladder that would last 4 years then there are a lot of bladders that are at the end of their usefull life. IMO this is going to get worse before it gets better for a lot of these manufacturers. Heck if your allum. tank goes bad the gas is going to soak into your hull and start to do god only knows what.
there are only just a few builders using these tanks.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:23 PM
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Boats and other vehicals is what I was talking about.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:45 PM
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Heck if your allum. tank goes bad the gas is going to soak into your hull and start to do god only knows what.
I don't know what the life expectancy is of a aluminum tank, but I really don't think it is of immediate concern.

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Maybe answered already but.... Do the bladder tanks in question have baffles in them?
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I don't know what the life expectancy is of a aluminum tank, but I really don't think it is of immediate concern.
I was talking about say a 80 Formula 302 or a 90 Tiger. There have been a ton of allum. tank failures over the years (not due to Ethenol). If that fuel gets out of the tank and up agains the glass I assume it would have the same bad effect of softening the glass and could cause a serious failure?
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I was talking about say a 80 Formula 302 or a 90 Tiger. There have been a ton of allum. tank failures over the years (not due to Ethenol). If that fuel gets out of the tank and up agains the glass I assume it would have the same bad effect of softening the glass and could cause a serious failure?
Thought so.
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