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Proper Fueling Practices

Improper fueling practices are
the cause of most fires aboard
boats. Since gasoline vapor is
heavier than air it will always seek
the lowest location in the boat, the
bilge. Since the bilge area usually
runs through the engine space, the
risk of explosion is ever present.
This risk however can be greatly
reduced by taking the following precaution when fueling the boat:
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Moor the boat securely to the dock
Remove all passengers
Extinguish all galley fires or smoking materials
Shut off engines and electrical equipment
Close all hatches and ports
Fill portable tanks on the dock, not in the boat
Keep fuel nozzle in contact with fill opening and never overfill
your tank
8. Replace fuel fill cap tightly
9. Wipe up any split gasoline, check bilges for leakage
10. After fueling, open up all hatches and run the blower for at
least 4 minutes to rid the vessel of stray vapors
11. Before starting the engine, give the engine space a sniff to
ensure that explosive vapors are no longer present
12. Secure portable fuel tanks before leaving the dock, and never
in an interior compartment
Note: Be aware that some alcohol blended fuels have been found
to accelerate the deterioration of fuel hoses within the fuel system.
Some blends have been known to make hoses brittle and thus subject
to cracking, while others can make hoses soft and spongy allowing
vapors to the permeate the hose. Boats that sit for long periods of time
are most prone to these conditions. Contact your dealer/manufacturer
concerning possible problems regarding alcohol blended gasoline.
Fuel Tanks - Vessels with foamed in aluminum fuel tanks have been
known to corrode, crack and even leak. Since many fuel tanks are not
easily accessed on today's recreational boats, operators should be
certain that leaks have not developed over the years. If you suspect
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