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05-02-2013 01:08 PM
Stu Jackson
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

If you smell diesel, it IS a leak. Whether it is a previous leak or a current one, you will have to clean up thoroughly. Odor eliminator PureAyre eliminates cat, pet, smoke, skunk, cigars, gasoline, cooking and musty odors. is a good product.
04-30-2013 02:32 PM
CalebD
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
True, but evaporated gasoline can be the perfect air/fuel ratio for ignition.
It may blow up but it doesn't stink!
04-30-2013 06:36 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

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Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
....If any fuel leaks out (usually very little or none) it evaporates pretty quickly......
True, but evaporated gasoline can be the perfect air/fuel ratio for ignition.
04-30-2013 01:38 AM
CalebD
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
I need to edit my dangerous comment, I thought we were talking about gasoline for some reason. Diesel is not going to ignite, but doesn't evaporate well either. Even if there was a spill that was wiped up, the residue can continue to smell. Gasoline will eventually all evaporate.
This is another reason why I like my 45 year old Atomic 4 gasoline engine. If any fuel leaks out (usually very little or none) it evaporates pretty quickly. If I have a major fuel leak I will have a major problem but small leaks don't amount to a stinky smelling boat. The smell of diesel fuel can be pretty pervasive.

That said I wouldn't mind having a boat with a nice diesel engine in it.
04-29-2013 01:30 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

I need to edit my dangerous comment, I thought we were talking about gasoline for some reason. Diesel is not going to ignite, but doesn't evaporate well either. Even if there was a spill that was wiped up, the residue can continue to smell. Gasoline will eventually all evaporate.
04-29-2013 09:52 AM
deniseO30
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

Fuel tank may have pin holes and if it's sitting on a wood platform the wood could be soaked and you would not see it.
04-29-2013 09:01 AM
chucklesR
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

Even if you see no fuel in the bilge it could still be fuel laying about under the engine. Swish a couple paper towels up under there with a thin stick as a check.
Hot diesel can really vapor up and stink.
It's not explosive, it's just a stick pit.
04-29-2013 08:26 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

Odds are you do have a small leak or unintended vent somewhere. Find it, could be dangerous. Where is the tank intentionally vented? That could be it.
04-29-2013 12:34 AM
CalebD
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

Get a Bilge Boom oil absorbent thingy and let it float around in your bilge (~$10). Toss it out once it gets to be really disgusting.
Get dawn dish detergent and scrub out the bilge, engine compartment and everywhere.

Get the white oil absorbent pads (about 1' x 2') and lay them out under your engine and fuel tank. If there is a leak you will find it.

The smell of diesel is worse than the smell of gasoline in my opinion. Not worse than head stink but the two combined are the pits.
04-28-2013 11:57 PM
Racecase
Re: Fuel smell my Watkins 27

What makes you think its not a leak? I'd go over all fuel components from the tank to the engine while the engine is running and while its off to ensure there are no leaks. Could it be residual fuel in the bilge from a spill? Pumping the bilge dry and seeing if any fuel makes its way back in should tell you if its leaking from somewhere or not.
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