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Old 09-29-2020, 02:01 PM   #1
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Check those Fuel Lines

So one project this fall was to have all the fuel hoses from the fuel tanks replace. I believe these are the original lines from 1988.Click image for larger version

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Old 09-29-2020, 03:09 PM   #2
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Old 09-29-2020, 03:13 PM   #3
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I found a similar situation last year on my at the time new to me 83 Californian. All of the hoses from the tanks to the engines crumbled when disturbed.

Keep in mind rubber parts such as hoses have a life span. The port engineer I worked for said 12 yrs from date of manufacture.
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Old 09-29-2020, 04:49 PM   #5
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At least you are running gassers...
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Old 09-29-2020, 07:49 PM   #6
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Jimmy Palmer come thru again?

Kinda looks like the fish you haven’t caught, good thing MS. Kay is stocking the freezer.

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Woops, I meant to say that you are not running gassers.
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Good lord!

Are all of your fuel line runs visible to and from the tanks and valves?
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:54 PM   #9
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I know the feeling. When I bought my boat, all of the (Probably original to 1987) rubber 3/8” fuel delivery lines were weeping diesel. I replaced every inch. The tank fill and vent lines had been replaced but this is a good reminder to check them Again since they must be getting up to 10-15 years old now.

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Old 09-29-2020, 10:32 PM   #10
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Geeez Tom, I'm surprised any fuel got to those engines at all.

Yup, it's time to replace them.
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Good lord!

Are all of your fuel line runs visible to and from the tanks and valves?
Based on this all fuel tank lines are now new and shiny.It was interesting that the vent lines had no access from above. When the boat was made it appears the floor was laid over the top of the tanks thus blocking access to the clamp holding the line. A 5 inch hole had to be drilled to gain access. The hole is behind the wall, so you can't see it.

I replaced engine lines last year. Pooper lines from the pump to thru hull replaced too.
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I think my fuel lines (supply and return) are all copper. Boat is from 1990. I assume they are original, so 30 years old. Do most of you have hoses or copper for fuel lines?



BTW, nice maintenance project, ASD. It has to feel good to have that done. I did replace all our sanitation hoses last year...... that's fun!
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I think my fuel lines (supply and return) are all copper. Boat is from 1990. I assume they are original, so 30 years old. Do most of you have hoses or copper for fuel lines?



BTW, nice maintenance project, ASD. It has to feel good to have that done. I did replace all our sanitation hoses last year...... that's fun!
Most of my fuel lines are copper but the lines around the engines and bleeder pumps and valves are rubber.

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Old 09-30-2020, 10:35 PM   #15
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Most of my fuel lines are copper but the lines around the engines and bleeder pumps and valves are rubber.

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Same here and they have a red plastic covering on them.
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My original 1984 fuel lines were copper. I repllaced them with stainless steel tubing but the copper may have lsted for many years if it wasn't subjected to vibration.
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I replaced all the fuel lines, return lines, and hoses from the fill pipes to the tanks in 2017 while doing my refit and repower. At the time they were 15 years old. They were stiff with some cracking of the outer rubber. At the time, I rationalized that I could own the boat 15 years, didn't want to chase leaks while cruising, and the cost of materials was insignificant. Doubt I had $500 in materials including the 1.5" fill hoses.

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they look like mine did .mine were 86 maybe not quite as bad as yours . I changed the deck drain hoses while I was in there two done twenty more to go.
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Great reminder. It's never fun replacing lines, no matter the type, but is always inconvenient after one fails.
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Old 10-01-2020, 11:01 AM   #20
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Mine have all been replaced before and look / feel good on inspection, but they're about 15 years old (all rubber) at this point, so it's definitely time for me to look at replacing them again.
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