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Date Posted: - Friday - 07/ 4/08 - 11:30am
Author: Steve M-32 #59
Subject: diesel leak
In reply to: Capt'n Mike "Gypsy Mariner" TM36K 's message, "Pressurize the tank" on - Friday - 07/ 4/08 - 10:35am

First off, welcome to Puget Sound. It's always great to see another Mariner up here. As far as the fuel goes I'd agree with Cap'n Mike that you might have left the bilge pump on which resulted in the fuel on the truck bed. However, if the bottom of the tank is wet I wouldn't worry about the engine leaking too much (unless the engine is just as wet as the tank). Since the tank is so much higher than the engine I can't conceive of a way for an engine leak to soak the bottom but leave the front of the tank dry. Otherwise what he said aabout the pressure test is spot on. Something to consider, I don't think I would reapir that tank. Yours' is mild steel I believe and is probably at the end of its' service life. Rnadall has an excellent article on putting a new tank into an M-31. Good luck.

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[> [> [> Diesel saok on botton of tank -- Capt'n Mike, - Friday - 07/ 4/08 - 12:07pm

Steve,
My thoughts on a possible engine leak was that it leaked only when he ran the engine to get the boat to the transport truck and, later, to his slip. The diesel from the engine leaked spilled to the bilge and it soaked the bottom of the tank because that is where the water level was in the bilge and the diesel floated on top of the bilge water.
Capt'n Mike


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[> [> [> [> Bilge level -- Steve M-3259, - Saturday - 07/ 5/08 - 9:33am

I hear ya, but the location of the fuel tank on the 31/32 is right under the cockpit sole and if the bilge level was that high he'd have diesel rings around the cabin interior also. The engine on my boat before I bought it had blown and dumped lots of oil/water in the bilge all the way up to the level of the floor boards. That was still at least a foot below the level of the fuel tank bottom. I just think he would have noticed that much water/fuel inside the hull ;-)


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[> [> [> [> [> Tank location -- Capt'n Mike, - Saturday - 07/ 5/08 - 10:52am

Thanks Steve. I understand what you're saying now. I thought the fuel tank was down in the bilge below the engine. That's where it is on my 36.


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[> [> [> [> [> [> Diesel in the Bilge -- Tom Burke, - Monday - 07/ 7/08 - 10:59pm

My thanks for the advise. I spent most of the weekend soaking up all the diesel and repairing the connecting wire to the float; the wire I broke as I was sponging it all up. The diesel all spilled out, every drop. It was leaking both before and after I had used the engine. The advise all seems to favor, first things first, having the tank pressure checked. Many thanks.
With all that done, sitting on deck, enjoying having her here, well, there is simply nothing so marvelous as just messing around on a Mariner.


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