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WEST MARINE 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank

Model # 13854203Mfg # 88WM100-2

$54.99

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These all-new designs virtually eliminate fuel evaporation and loss by containing fuel vapor within the tank instead of venting it wastefully to the atmosphere. They’re better for the environment and reduce fuel costs as all the fuel you purchase stays where it belongs—in your tank. Similar to automotive industry systems, these tanks feature a tethered, ratcheted fuel cap with a high-flow automatic vacuum valve that ensures optimal flow under all conditions. When combined with self-sealing fuel fittings, they create an integrated fuel system that is good for both the environment and your pocketbook.

Each tank features a 90° 1/4" NPT fuel fitting and an easy-to-read, slosh resistant, high contrast fuel gauge that accurately monitors the level of remaining fuel without requiring the removal of the fuel cap. Seamless, injection molded, multi-layer construction provides, beyond their stated fuel capacity, a 5% vapor space to safely allow for fuel thermal expansion and an additional 2-Cycle oil capacity to achieve a 1:16 ratio mix. Designed, built and certified to meet the requirements of EPA CFR 40 and California CCR 2468.

  • Capacity: 3 Gallon
  • Dimensions: 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H
  • Warranty: Two years

Note: Any low-permeation tank may become pressurized when exposed to direct sunlight or any other source of heat. Under these conditions you may see the tank expand or bulge. Do not place the tank in a confined area that prevents this normal expansion. Pressurized low-permeation fuel system components require a thread sealant specifically designed for the unique conditions they create to maintain a leak-proof seal at their threaded connections. Tape-type thread sealants will not withstand the pressurized conditions potentially created within low-permeation systems. Permatex Aviation Form-A-Gasket No. 3, Model 13630512, is recommended for all low-permeation fuel system threaded connections.

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West MarineLow Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.
 
2.5

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        several users have given this tank bad reviews because of leaks. One said two stroke fuel had leaked. This tank doesn't leak, but the fuel line fitting will leak if it isn't tightened...Read complete review

        several users have given this tank bad reviews because of leaks. One said two stroke fuel had leaked. This tank doesn't leak, but the fuel line fitting will leak if it isn't tightened right, and your motor will spew fuel if you install it without a pressure regulator. The tank is designed to pressurize to 5 psig without venting. If you install an old fuel line that has no pressure regulator, with an old brass threaded fitting, maybe with no sealant or some teflon tape, you are going to spew fuel all over the bottom of your boat. Best is to buy the fuel line that Wet Marine calls "platinum"--it's a necessity, not a luxury. You need a fuel pressure regulator, and you need a plastic threaded fitting with pressure resistant sealant.

        The big benefit of this tank is that it has no open vent at the top to collect spray and rain that will end up in your engine's fuel system. This is a very common cause of engines not starting.

        The big con is that this piece of plastic, and the plastic hose with plastic fuel regulator, will set you back more than a hundo. But if you're paying an outboard motor dealer to work on your engine when it won't start, you'll get your money back in a year.

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        This tank is not vented. When filled with gasoline and exposed to the sun, pressure builds up, and gasoline leaks out around all the fittings where they mate to the body of the...Read complete review

        This tank is not vented. When filled with gasoline and exposed to the sun, pressure builds up, and gasoline leaks out around all the fittings where they mate to the body of the tank. This is a very bad design. Do not buy it

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        1.0

        Leaks Gas

        By JaxJim

        from Jacksonville, FL

        About Me Advanced

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            • Small Boats

            Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

            I got this with a motor I purchased so I can't say for sure how it was used before I got it. It was leaking fuel so I let it dry, then filled it on a cool morning. I set it upright in the shade and immediately fuel started leaking from around the gauge.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Ignore bad reviews

            By pedorro maloliente

            from Nondipsticko, USA

            Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

            several users have given this tank bad reviews because of leaks. One said two stroke fuel had leaked. This tank doesn't leak, but the fuel line fitting will leak if it isn't tightened right, and your motor will spew fuel if you install it without a pressure regulator. The tank is designed to pressurize to 5 psig without venting. If you install an old fuel line that has no pressure regulator, with an old brass threaded fitting, maybe with no sealant or some teflon tape, you are going to spew fuel all over the bottom of your boat. Best is to buy the fuel line that Wet Marine calls "platinum"--it's a necessity, not a luxury. You need a fuel pressure regulator, and you need a plastic threaded fitting with pressure resistant sealant.

            The big benefit of this tank is that it has no open vent at the top to collect spray and rain that will end up in your engine's fuel system. This is a very common cause of engines not starting.

            The big con is that this piece of plastic, and the plastic hose with plastic fuel regulator, will set you back more than a hundo. But if you're paying an outboard motor dealer to work on your engine when it won't start, you'll get your money back in a year.

             
            1.0

            Nonfunctional for intended use

            By Port Supply Customer

            from Ventura CA

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                  Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                  Wish I would have read reviews before purchase. Gave it one star because it is well made and has best gage I've ever seen on a portable above deck fuel tank. However it it totally nonfunctional for it's intended use. Low permiation means air can get in but vapor cannot escape. Warning about the potential damage that can be caused to fuel lines or even to engines as the result of high pressure that could result from placing this "above deck" fuel tank in direct sunlight are given. My tank is under the shade of the seat board in my dink and fully covered by a loose fitting canvas bonnet. After 4 days I returned to find a fuel stain 3" wide running from the fuel tank in the center of my dink to the drain plug. Chlorinated cleaning product was required for removing the stain. Suspect it leaked more fuel in 4 days than vapor lost in a year.
                  No one person could develop such a bad product. That can only be accomplished by the mandate of a federal agency.
                  If you need a fuel tank find a good one at a swap meet of find a vendor that still has some pre ban inventory.
                  And yes the fuel fitting is as tight as I dare make it and I did use fuel proof Permatex to install it.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Worst Tank I've Ever Used

                  By DarthRevarder

                  from Traverse City, Michigan

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                    • Builds Pressure
                    • Leaks
                    • Poor Design

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                      Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                      This tank is borderline dangerous. I can't even trailer my boat with it hooked up to my outboard, it leaks everywhere. I've had to scrub and degrease the bottom of my boat numerous times. I won't even be using it this season. Also not great for the environment. 2 stroke gas all over the place eventually ends up in the water. Pretty dissapointed.

                       
                      1.0

                      No tank vent: Dangerous for on deck use!

                      By Randy

                      from Alameda, CA

                      About Me Professional

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                        • No Vent

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Boats
                        • Stowage Out Of Sun Only

                        Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                        This appeared to be a good marine polymer fuel tank. However for on deck use if the sun heats the tank it swells excessively under pressure and becomes dangerous. There is no vent! Don't use if it is on deck in the sun!

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Almost a perfect fit

                        By Later

                        from Redwood City, CA

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                              Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                              Two complaints:

                              1. The stated height does not include the height of the outlet fitting. With the fitting it is closer to 7 3/4 inches. On my Olson 25 the cover of the fuel compartment rests just a bit on the fitting.

                              2. The label stuck on the tank was very difficult to remove.

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Dingy Fuel Tank

                              By Les

                              from Merritt Island, FL

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                              • Good Performance
                              • Reliable
                              • Weather Resistant

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                                  Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                                  I had reservations about this tank but it has worked out very well.

                                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  poor design

                                  By chaz51p

                                  from wisconsin

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                                        Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                                        This tank leaks fuel when it gets warm in the sun. Do not buy this product

                                        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        1.0

                                        Not So Good

                                        By Fred

                                        from Portland, Maine

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                                              Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                                              This tank is not vented. When filled with gasoline and exposed to the sun, pressure builds up, and gasoline leaks out around all the fittings where they mate to the body of the tank. This is a very bad design. Do not buy it

                                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              no more fumes, just performance

                                              By Sailin Dave

                                              from Portsmouth, VA

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                                              • Reliable
                                              • Weather Resistant

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                                                  Comments about Low Permeation Above Deck Fuel Tank, 16 5/8"L x 11 1/2"W x 7 5/16"H, 3 Gal.:

                                                  finally, no more fumes, no venting headaches and the 3 gallon model is physically short enough to fit properly in the cockpit of my Corsair f31. Do use the "regulator" for the hose to avoid excess pressure to the engine

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