Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Wish-I-Were-Fishn

Boat smells like gas

Recommended Posts

Wish-I-Were-Fishn

2002 Alumacraft Navigator 165 CS, built-in plastic tank. I have a gas odor in the boat. All of the compartments smell and anything you put in them smells too. I pulled the floor to look at the tank and it appears to be fine, but I can't see much of it because it is fitted into the boat so well. Any advice on this? It bothers me. I bought the boat used, and it has only 15 hours on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander

My Lund has a small gas odor too. Gets worse when its hot out. Nothing you can do but leave your compartments open when storing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Like2Fish

I had a 1922 Lund Pro V that had a gas odor as well. I pulled up a couple different times and couldn't find anything. I did try using some type of gasket sealer around the sending unit and that did seem to help a little bit. I opened the compartments while the boat was in the garage. I owned the boat for 12 years with the odor.

Like2Fish

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
iffy

Try tightening the hose clamps on the filler hose and the vent hose where they clamp onto the tank. If the odor persists, try plugging the hoses and pressurizing the tank slightly to see if there is a crack in the plastic. Do NOT exceed a couple PSI.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander

This isnt likely leak related but just a plastic tank issue. Seems like these tanks leech or something. Its very common.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
iffy

Common problem? LOL This must be something new then. I have an underfloor plastic tank in my Lund boat and it doesnt smell like gas. Several aquaintences do also, and theirs don't either. I was a marine mechanic at a lund dealership for many years and gas smell from plastic tanks was never an issue. If there was any smell it was usually due to loose clamps, loose fuel sender screws, or old cracked hose. Somehow gas is getting out of the tank.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
upnorth

The only time I get a gas smell on my boat is if I either over fill the tank or eat some nasty chili wink.gif

I make a point of as soon as the auto stop on the gas hose stops of not trying to get the last little bit in the tank.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
united jigsticker

I had a 96' and now a 2004, both have the gas smell.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eurolarva

Might be from trimming the motor for travel. Pressure still in the fuel lines and the carb at a 45 degree angle can make it tough for the float to stop the fuel flow so it opens and gas drains till fuel pressure in the lines goes down to nothing. I have seen this with older model motors.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Down Deep

I recently bought a new boat and 2007 115 Mercury 4-Stroke motor. Today, I was reading the manual and under the section discussing using fuel with Ethanol it listed fuel odor as a result of the alcohol permeating the hoses and/or connection. My 1999 Lund had a fuel odor from time to time. I never found any leaking fuel in the bottom of the boat. This is the best explaination I've come across.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Northlander

Iffy thats hard to believe that you didnt have these problems at your dealership. Several people I know have this problem and it seems like several on this post do as well. My boat has no leaks and no loose or bad hoses ( at least that I or my dealer could find) and I get the smell from time to time. I dont know what causes it but I think its quite evedent its a common problem.

I sure wish I could figure out what the cause is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Orlip

Quote:

The only time I get a gas smell on my boat is if I either over fill the tank or eat some nasty chili
wink.gif

I make a point of as soon as the auto stop on the gas hose stops of not trying to get the last little bit in the tank.


A little bit of the same going on here. blush.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
upnorth

All gas tanks on boats are vented somewhere, it could be that under the right wind conditions it blows back into the boat a bit especially with a full tank and it being a litte bouncy on the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gissert

I have a Lund Mr. Pike 16, and I get some fuel smell with a full tank coming off the vents by the filler.

Sometimes if the speed/wind is right, I will get a exhaust/fuel smell back into the boat from the motor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
john.wells

I had the same problem this year for the first time ever with my '96 Lund. I pulled the tank out, inspected and pressure tested it- it was fine. I also pressure tested the hoses- all were fine. While the tank was out, I vented the whole boat by putting a box fan over the tank cavity and opened all of the hatches to draw fresh air through the bilge. I haven't had any odors since. Since gasoline is heavier than air, the only thing that I could think of was a gradual accumulation of fumes with no escape. I may install a powered bilge blower as I never pull the drain plug (I always use my bilge pump) to remove water. I think that from now on, I will remove the drain plug in the winter to give any fumes an outlet. Just how exactly the fumes got there is a mystery, but I possibly had a not-so-tight clamp on one of the tank hoses, or fuel coming out of the carb, or both. Any way you slice it, though, fuel fumes in the bilge of a boat is no good. I would suggest a bilge blower if no leak can be found.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MasterClear

Problems I've seen have been due to alcohol in the gas. Unless the fuel filler, vent and delivery hoses are certified for use with alcohol in the gas they will deteriorate and give you a smell. These hoses can be very hard to get at for replacement and if you go thru the work make sure they can handle alcohol in the gas. Even the hose to the motor will cause this issue. That is the first place I'd look - it is the easiest, then the filler and after that the vent. No matter what, a fuel smell in the bilge is a fire waiting to happen, not to mention the fuel smell contaminating your tackle and equipment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rippenlips

2005 lund explorer same problem.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FishdogCo

On my boat, 17 Lund Mr. Pike, on the port side towards the rear is an inspection plate. If you have a similar setup, pull that plate and what you see may suprise you. The bilge vent is vented into this cavity on each side of the boat and there is an opening to goes from that blind cavity to the side rod lockers. I do get some odor coming form the bilge.

Most of the odor I get is from overfilling the tank as mention prior thru the vents on the side. I believe the odors are a common issue.

Mark

Team Fishdog

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
united jigsticker

Well, I went to a dealer and opened the compartments on several rigs, and guess what...they smell like gas.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • delcecchi
      The DSL service is great since they ran the fiber down 24 a few years ago.   I was presuming that the poster didn't have that option if they were considering satellite.     AccessMN is another possibility if they are still around.  
    • Tony S
      OK I will post a report just on the offhand chance that someone else still reads these things.  Fished at Birchdale afternoon of Saturday 10/21 and morning of 10/22.  Fishing was good Saturday for keeper sized fish, nothing big but caught 29 fish in 6 hours,  mostly nice keepers 14 to 19 inches long and not too many dinks.  Sunday morning fishing was slow and then it got super windy so pulled the plug early and went home.  Jigging in shallower spots, could not troll crankbait because of debris on line.  Others had mixed success.  Shiners were around.  
    • Troy Smutka
      10/22/17     Hunted water in central MN from a boat blind both days. Despite gusty south winds one day and temps not exactly October-like, new ducks were around that moved in during a cold, clear night with a west wind during the week. Calendar migrators from the Dakotas and southern Canada. Saw eleven species and harvested ten--typical late October mixed bag. A mixed, medium-sized decoy spread with a crosswind on a point with the sun behind us was the ticket. An Avery Quick Set blind with fast grass mats and two Lucky Duck HD spinners rounded out the set-up. Subtle mallard quacks, chuckles, and drake whistles mixed with goose clucks, pintail and wigeon whistles locked up birds nice and close--no loud contest calling. Cold weather and West and NW winds this week should get a bunch of new birds in--probably a mixed bag of species still. We saw or heard eight flocks of specklebellies migrating on Sunday. Look for a show about one of these days of hunting on my You Tube channel (Fishing and Hunting the North Country) by later in the week.  Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I pulled my boat for the winter today. Sure hated to have to do that, but have tons of stuff to do to get ready for the fall, winter stuff! Cliff
    • MinnowBuckets
    • redlabguy
      Good day!  Keep the reports coming! We’re islanders and had to pull out a week ago. On my last day out by myself I boated a thick 28” walleye to close my season. We brought filets Home so my old fisherman, 95 year old dad could enjoy a good fry,  I still enjoy reading about the lake so keep reporting. Thanks, Dick
    • eyeguy 54
    • Ray Berg
      The wife and I were up to L O W  for whole week. Great weather, good fishing and fun time. Was able to fish 7 days split up between Morris point, Long point and the river. For me Long point was the better bite. May have seen a couple members of outdoors Mn on Tuesday out of LP. Let me know if I'm right. Also met member from Wisc. at Morris point( real good guy) Anyway didn't seem to matter much what color jig caught them on every color with frozen shiner. Some days were better then others but always caught fish. Ate several meals of fish and brought fish home. Also caught a 14 in perch that I brought into taxidermist. Plan on going back at least one more time this fall . ( Too good not to).
    • ANYFISH2
      That the best sounding plan yet!! same to you and your party.
    • monstermoose78
      Get em guys