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Old 08-02-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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Need New Fuel Hose

After a long protracted adventure it was determined that I need to replace the Port fuel supply hose. Since the boat is a 1987 I'm going to replace P & S supply and returns.

This is what is currently in use.
2 x 19ft of FC234 8 Eaton Aeroquip USCG Single Wire Fuel Oil Hose
2 x 23ft of FC234 10 Eaton Aeroquip USCG Single Wire Fuel Oil Hose
This is 1/2" and 5/8" with brass crimped swivel fittings.

My question is this hose was spec'd in 1987, what should I look at for a replacement in 2016?

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Old 08-02-2016, 01:54 PM   #2
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My question is this hose was spec'd in 1987, what should I look at for a replacement in 2016?

You will find the hose labeled as USCG approved.for fuel.

Any hyd shop in a salt water town should have just what you require.

Look at Jamestown or Fisheries or even Defender for a picture.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:42 PM   #3
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Aeroquip FC 234 should still be available. You should also be able to get reuseable fittings for that hose if you want to cut and fit your own or get the shop to swage the fittings on.

Either way just be sure to clean the hose id before installing.
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Old 08-03-2016, 05:56 AM   #4
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Buy USCG grade A1 hose. There are lots of suppliers. Just make sure it is marked USCG A1. The A2 hose is for fuel vents.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:14 AM   #5
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My understanding is that (non compulsory) ABYC standards require swaged fittings on supply-side fuel hose. Push-lok (re-usable) fittings are OK on return fuel lines. So I'd go for A1 low-permeability hose and get swage'd connectors. FC234 Aeroquip is still in the catalogue if you want to stay with that...though you will pay more for blue hose!
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Old 08-03-2016, 01:07 PM   #6
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Some A1-15 hose is not meant to be clamped. Probably because it either a) affects it's permeability rating by squishing and damaging the internal barrier or b) that it is too slippery to stay on a hose barb. Check the manufacturers data sheet.

PS: if you have a diesel boat, you don't need A1-15 hose. A1 ( fire resistant) hose will suffice.

The 15 rating is to meet EPA 15ppm permeation emissions for gasoline hoses.
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