Q & A — March 2005
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
| Part 2: Keeping fuel out of the bilge, and more
What can I put on the porthole gasket to prevent the rubber seal from sticking to the framing on a porthole that isn’t opened too frequently? L.J., via e-mail
I think water is entering my fuel tank. Where could it be coming from? O.A., via e-mail
The next thing you should examine is the tank vent. Check for deterioration both inside and out, and make sure the vent is not plugged. Finally, look at the gasket where the fuel-gauge sender attaches to the fuel tank. If the area is at all subject to water, you’ll likely find rust and leakage.
I use rags and absorbent pads to catch any spills when servicing my fuel filters, but do you have any other tips for keeping fuel out of the bilge when doing this kind of maintenance? P.E., via e-mail
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This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.