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I have an ATOMIC 4 I love this engine I have had several. I have smelled gas several times also but quickly found the problem and fixed it.the plate on top of the tank where the fuel sender goes in is one place to check. The tank is also subject to leaks which are often pin holes eaten through the welds near the bottom of the tank or in the bottom where you cant see it.The vent should be checked real close and the fill hose. the carb should be rebuilt and not weep around the gasket. The deck fill could be cracked or even coroded through.What engine do you have? Replace the fuel lines with USCG fire resistant hose and re seal all fittings with good gas proof thread sealer. This is cheep insurance.Find this leak and fix it before you have a serious problem like an explosion or fire.
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You definitely need to find where the leak is...and there is a leak if you're getting strong gasoline fume odors. Gasoline, once it is properly vaporized has about seven times the explosive power of an equal weight of dynamite.

Definitely not something you want to see first hand.
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