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3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank Exclusive

WEST MARINE 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank

Model # 13854203Mfg # 88WM100-2

$54.99

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Product Description

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 Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank
 
2.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

42%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good performance (6)
  • Reliable (4)
  • Weather proof (4)

Cons

  • Poor design (5)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (13), Casual/ recreational (3), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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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4.0

Does the trick!

By Nomad

from Osage Beach, MO

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Performance
  • Reliable
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Boats

    Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

    Daily use on one of my smaller dive pontoons

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Poor design for gauge and feed tube

    By Alex S.

    from Arlington, VA

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Small Boats

      Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

      The tank seems to be made of good materials and hasn't leaked yet. However, when the tank swells, it lifts the gauge float and feed tube off the bottom of the tank. The feed tube is lifted out of the fuel when almost a gallon of fuel is left in the tank. The only solution is to vent the cap, step on the tank, and close the cap (which is an awkward task when trying to keep the boat running going through a busy channel). If the tank were equipped with a feed tube that could adapt to the swelling, it would be a five star product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Some good news about this tank and some bad

      By Captain of the Dinghy

      from NY

      About Me Advanced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

          The good news: The vented cap from my old tank fits this tank. The bad news: The outlet fitting is not straight so my Evenrude-Johnson brass fitting hits the level gauge and won't screw in.

          I am thinking of drilling out the pressure relief device and using the new cap. The vent appears to be well designed to avoid spray.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Good tank but leaks gas due to pressue

          By Nick

          from Marina del Rey

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Performance

          Cons

          • leaks gas when closed

          Best Uses

          • Small Boats

          Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

          It's a good tank and the gauge works well, but if you leave it closed tightly gas seeps out of the nozzle.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Helpful knowledgeable staff.

          By Chill Doctor

          from Youngstown Fl.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Boats

            Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

            Small size fits my Gheenoe well. Having a fuel gauge on it is a big plus.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Very poor design

            By Stu T

            from Boston

            About Me Advanced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Small Boats

              Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

              Worst tank design ever. Use tank in my Boston Whaler tender. Sitting is sun the first tank cracked. Went to buy new one and mentioned that the first tank cracked Sales person said everyone is complaining but new tanks (only one year later) are better. New tank has not cracked yet but expands so much that the fuel draw is out of the gas if the tank is less than 1/2 full. You have to vent the tank every time to use it so whats the point!!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              1.0

              dumb rules create bad products

              By P. Doff

              from Florida

              About Me Advanced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Small Boats

                Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

                on my 3rd tank now, first and second ones split after balloning in sun. I'm currently planning to use an old tank left over from a defunct motor as the old tank has a vented cap that can be cracked to release the pressure build up. Why create a rule to solve a non-existent problem and thereby create a real problem. I note the rules do not appy to international tanks so maybe can get one shipped in from Canada or somewhere else less brainwashed.

                 
                1.0

                Not good

                By Motzarella

                from Florida

                About Me Beginner

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                  Cons

                  • Corrodes

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                    Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

                    We bought this tank yesterday, and installed it properly, used the tape, to seal when we screwed on the brass fitting as much as we could. We disconnected and stored the tank under a compartment, in the shade and when I checked on it just now, about a quarter!!!! of the tank filling had leaked out of the brass fitting onto the newly carpeted floor of our bass boat, and had dissolved the glue of the carpet and the carpet is now ruined. This is a joke

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great tank for our Dingy fits perfect. in the transom

                    By Captain Mike

                    from Naples Florida

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Performance
                    • Reliable
                    • Weather Resistant

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Personal Crafts
                      • Small Boats

                      Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

                      My son's Birthday gift for his Dingy 5hp outboard motor

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Watch the pressure build

                      By Neil H

                      from New York, New York

                      About Me Advanced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Boats

                        Comments about West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank:

                        This is a straight forward product. One cautionary note. Because of new regulations this not a vented container. As a result you can have quite a lot of pressure build; particularly in warmer conditions. As a result, as you connect to your outboard may mean spillage or worse yet gas moving under the extreme pressure into the oil reserve depending on the motor. The later happened to me regrettably.
                        I would encourage opening the gas cap prior to connection to relieve any pressure; also during operation.

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