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Top Reasons to Properly Vent a Boat

The boat fuel vent is an essential component of any vessel operating with a fuel source. Properly installing these vents helps lower a repairer or manufacturer’s liability for the vessel. Here are the top reasons to properly vent the boat’s fuel system.

Water Entry

Since boats travel on water, the fuel vent can allow water in if not properly installed. There are a few ways to limit water from entering the fuel such as a high mount, angling the vent or installing a shield. As seen on www.merrimacins.com, following the proper installation steps is important to limit liability.

Fuel Puddling

Sags in the vent line can cause puddling of fuel. The fuel tank vent system cannot operate effectively if there is fuel puddled in the line. Keeping the line straight uses gravity to move fuel back toward the tank.

Wire Screens

A clogged screen prevents the tank from properly venting. The screen keeps out unwanted items such as debris and insects, but they can also build up with grime, corrosion and salt crystals. Cleaning the screen or replacing it during the installation of the fuel vent system allows for proper ventilation.

The boat fuel vent is a key component of the boat’s engine. When it fails to work properly, the engine can be starved of fuel or prevent you from properly filling up the gas tank.