The EPA has muddied the water a bit with evaporative emissions from boats, but safety measures hold to the importance of properly venting the fuel tank on a boat. Failing to address vent issues can lead to the engine being starved of fuel, leaving you stranded when out on the water. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to properly vent your boat gas tank.
Avoid Sags in the Line
When the vent hose is installed, avoiding creating a trap in the line with a sag. Fuel can puddle up in these places and prevent the venting system from working efficiently. Run your hose as straight as possible both sideways across the tank and upward to the fitting.
Keep the Vent Screen Clean
Take care to clean off the wire screen that may be protecting your fuel vent from debris. Corrosion can also occur on the screen and block the vent from being able to breathe. Replace the screen as needed if any damage is evident.
Keep the Through Hull Vent Dry
The fumes are supposed to vent out away from the inside of the boat, but the angle of the vent pipe can let water seep in. By increasing the height where the pipe is installed, it reduces the impact of water spray.
These three areas are important to safe boating practices. Maintenance is a crucial area in avoiding unnecessary accidents or incidents.