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WEST MARINE
3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank

$54.99

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Model # 13854203 | Mfg # 88WM100-2

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.

3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank

Type Gas

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West Marine 3 Gallon Low Permeation Above-Deck Fuel Tank
 
2.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

43%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good performance (8)
  • Weather proof (8)
  • Reliable (5)

Cons

  • Poor design (5)

Best Uses

  • Small boats (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (16), Casual/ recreational (5), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ignore bad reviews

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very poor design

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...Read complete review

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!!

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5.0

Great size low profile for any skiff or dinghy

By Dave

from San Diego

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Performance
  • Weather Resistant

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Boats

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

    Reminder to users to loosen cap to prevent pulling vacuum

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I wasn't completely satisfied with this product.

    By D. Deloge

    from North Kingstown, RI

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • small , lite making it easy to handle when fille
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

    • the tank leaked around one of the fittings on to

    Best Uses

    • Small Boats

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

    Once I put gas into the tank it began to leak on top around one of the fittings on top of the tank. Now what is one to do with a leaking tank. You can not just dump the gas from the tank and return it to West Marine for a replacement. You cannot put the leaking tank into your vehicle to show someone or return it to West Marine. You just have to live with the problem and warn West Marine of issue with their product as I am doing now.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Gas tank for Yamaha 6hp 4 cycle motor

    By Al

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

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

    I like the pressure concept but could not use because the hose and connector that was sold to me did not fit.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    A good little tank.

    By Boat Man

    from Stonington Harbor, Connecticut

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Performance
    • Weather Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small Boats

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

      It'll get used for my 4 hp. Johnston auxiliary outboard on my 19' sail boat

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Above Deck Fuel Tank

      By dale

      from Grasonville md

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable
      • Weather Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

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

        I bought a larger one and it would not fit the space. I took that back and bought the 3 gal tank for more money.I had a $10 coupon.The girl rang it up applying the return as a deduct from the price so my amount was less than $50.00 therefore my coupon would not work. Keep your eyes open when shopping at the Chester Md store

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

          (2 of 5 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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

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