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In my case the previous owner didn't screw anything up but the builder (CS Yachts) caused a few problems. When I installed a new fuel tank after 32 years I also replaced the fuel fill and vent lines. The original fuel fill was in the center of the cockpit and with people's weight it started leaking some years ago, leading to a rusty tank and a cockpit sole that needs recoring. The fuel vent was special though. It was high on the transom as it should have been, but the cockpit well goes right to the transom, the gap between the aft end of the well and the transom being only about 2". The vent was the type common in years past, chromed pot metal and the nut on the inside was very thin. It was impossible to replace as the builder had to have installed the vent before the deck was put on the hull. I cut a hole in the cockpit well inside where the vent was located and installed an inspection port opposite the vent to allow proper installation of the new vent and access for the next replacement - except my replacement is with much better hose and vent so should outlast the boat. But way too much time taken to replace a simple tank vent.

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