Oceanview Marine Services, LLC

Marine Services cont.

Marine Services Cont.


COMPROMISED FUEL TANKS

 The most forgotten about, yet one of the most important parts of any vessel is the fuel tank, and what's in it.

 Diesel and gasoline fuel has been with us for many years, but this doesn't mean we can store either of them without impunity for years nor can we simply forget that our fuel tanks are impervious to wear and tear.

 Diesel fuel naturally builds sludge, and modern gasoline, blended with ethanol, attracts water. All of these problems can cause serious engine repairs or unsafe driving conditions if not looked after closely.

 Unfortunately, boats sit more than they are used. A vessel that is used frequently avoids many fuel related issues, especially when we use additives to enhance our boating experience.

Corrosion isn't necessarily caused by poor fuels. In a boat, tanks normally corrode from the outside in. Fresh water boats are not immune from corrosion. Salt water, battery acid, high alkaline soaps, constant dampness, movement, a dropped fastener, hook or drill shavings, foam, lack of access and time are all contributing factors.

 

FUEL TANK SLUDGE AND CORROSION

In the top photo, can you see the slimy bacteria after ten years on the pick up tube screen? The sludge was two inches deep in the tank, and contaminated with major amounts of bacteria. Not much water in this tank, less than a cup. This tank condition can cause an expensive tow bill, a bad day on the bay for the family and loss of the vessel use for days or months to effect repairs. The top lower photo of a diesel fuel tank was treated and cleaned with our additives. Do you see the line of demarcation where the fuel level was with treated fuel? Above that line, where no fuel or treatment dwelled, bacteria still resides. This can be easily treated by the owner with the "correct" treatment. Not all additives do what they promise.

Below is the cause of most fuel tank failures, corrosion! It is usually hidden on the bottom of your tank where you can't see it, and of course, can't be moved easily for regular inspections. These lack of repairs can also be hazardous to your family's lives, and to the environment. If your fuel tanks are over 10 or 20 years old, consider replacement before something bad happens.



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