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Outboard Gas Line

I would like something more permanent for my gas line from the cockpit compartment thru the stern to my outboard and have not had any luck. The fuel line will be in the way ran out and over the stern. I could use a clamshell but would need almost 4 feet of fuel line out of the stern to reach the engine without kinks.

Any suggestions? What have others done? I searched thru the archives without luck. Searching the web has also produced no results.

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I would like something more permanent for my gas line from the cockpit compartment thru the stern to my outboard and have not had any luck. The fuel line will be in the way ran out and over the stern. I could use a clamshell but would need almost 4 feet of fuel line out of the stern to reach the engine without kinks.

Any suggestions? What have others done? I searched thru the archives without luck. Searching the web has also produced no results.

Jim

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I would like something more permanent for my gas line from the cockpit compartment thru the stern to my outboard and have not had any luck. The fuel line will be in the way ran out and over the stern. I could use a clamshell but would need almost 4 feet of fuel line out of the stern to reach the engine without kinks.
I used an "eyebrow" fixture to shield the hole in the transom from water incursion and fed the gas line through that. Yes, I added about 5 ft to the hose that came with the tank. It is cheap and easy to do, so why worry about
4 feet? It worked for me for 10 years.
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I will try and get a picture this evening.
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I put a nylon thru-hull in my transom, fed the fuel line through it, and filled all of the space with silicone strategically placed to both prevent water from coming in from a following sea (it was well above WL), and to prevent chafe on the fuel line. I had way over 4' of hose, (maybe 10'?), and at least a 18" rise from the fuel tank and never had problem.

It was not the prettiest "customization" I did, but as it was a F/V function was more important than form.

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In the past, I too, have mounted a thru-hull in the transom and run a fuel line though it to the outboard. Simple, easy to do and if the fuel line ever need replacement, retrieval is a snap. I didn't bother to seal it up with anything, primarily because I wasn't too concerned with being pooped in San Francisco Bay but also because fuel line is very durable and I never felt that chafe would be an issue. As previously mentioned, don't worry about the length of the line, either. In my current workboat I use a 5-foot fuel line and switch between tanks all the time, never have a problem.
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I hope the pictures worked.

You can see how the line is ran out of the compartment and over the stern. In the other picture, you can see the clamshell vent. I am worried the amount of exposed fuel line if I use it or add another. Would be about 3 feet.

Being on a trailer, I would prefer not to have the fuel line hanging out as I am towing. If I don't seal around the thru-hull and install it as high as possible I can push it back in most of the way and water infiltration should be minimal.

A recessed covered fitting is what I had imagined with as much as the fuel line hidden as possible.

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The pictures worked. Look beyond the dirt and mold. Thats tomorrows job. Topside paint is new.

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