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FUELING AND VENTILATION
*		Wipe	up	any	spilled	fuel.

Fueling your boat can be dangerous-improper fueling
practices are the cause of most fires aboard boats. Gasoline
vapor is heaver than air, so it will always seek the lowest
location in the boat: the bilge. The bilge area usually runs
through the engine space, so this means that gasoline
vapor can gather around the engine. Fuel vapors quickly
reach	explosive	levels	when	trapped	in	a	boat's	engine	
compartment, and any ignition, even the smallest spark, can
create	an	explosion.

*		Check	bilges	for	leakage.
*		Run	blower	for	four	minutes
Keep the fuel nozzle in contact with the fill opening to keep
static electricity from building up and causing a spark.
Don't overfill your tank! The tank will overflow and the
spilled fuel will pose a fire hazard. Once you've filled the
tank, open up all hatches. On an inboard boat, run the
blower for at least 4 minutes to rid the boat of stray vapors.

Proper Fueling Practices

After fueling and running the blower, sniff the engine space
before you start the engine. If you can smell gasoline, wait a
few more minutes before you start the engine. And be sure
to always secure your portable fuel tanks before you leave
the dock.

You	can	greatly	reduce	the	risk	of	explosion	by	always	
following proper fueling practices.
Take the following steps whenever you fuel your boat:
*		Moor	the	boat	securely	to	the	dock.

NEVER STORE PORTABLE FUEL TANKS IN AN INTERIOR
COMPARTMENT!

*		Remove	all	passengers.
*		Extinguish	all	galley	fires	including	pilot	lights.
*		Don't	smoke.

NOTE: Some alcohol blended fuels may accelerate the
deterioration of fuel hoses. Some blends make hoses brittle,
which may cause cracking, while others can make hoses soft
and spongy, which allows vapors to permeate the hose. This
happens most often when boats sit for long periods of time.
Contact	your	dealer/manufacturer	concerning	possible	problems	
regarding alcohol blended gasoline. "An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure" is especially true when it comes to your
fuel system. Some marinas may carry non-ethanol gasoline.

*		Shut	off	engines	and	electrical	equipment	including				 	
blower
*		Close	all	hatches	and	ports.
*		Fill	portable	tanks	on	the	dock,	not in the boat.
*		Keep	fuel	nozzle	in	contact	with	fill	opening	to		
minimize the risk of a static spark.

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*		Replace	fuel	fill	cap	tightly.

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