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Old 02-25-2021, 08:12 AM
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So I have read for year how Pursuits are top tier boats and have been longing for a 335OS or 3370 for years. So I am finally in a position to purchase one and now I am reading about a bunch of fuel tank issues with them requiring the decks to be cut and repaired in excess of $30-$50k!

Does anyone know if this is tied to a specific model or year? (335 vs 315 vs 3370, etc)

I remember the 3000 express having water intrusion issues and turns out it was tied to the specific engine configuration. Just curious what the best course of action would be for a $100k-$150k used boat purchase. Love the styling of them but can't sign up for that kind of repair right off the bat.
Old 02-25-2021, 09:23 AM
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Any boat older than 12 years is a prime candidate for fuel tank replacement.

Our short list of the more than average tank replacements are:

Aqua Sport
Contender
Hydro Sport
Mako
Proline
Pursuit
Old 02-25-2021, 09:37 AM
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the 3000 water intrusion was due to the vent cut outs, it was not engine specific , it had nothing at all to do with the engines
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I was in the same position as you....really wanted the 3370 express. The fuel tank issue did it in for me. I could not stomach spending 100K on a boat and then potentially having to drop in another 40K. I did speak with and email with 3 different owners who did the fuel tank replacement. Cheapest was 32K and most expensive was right at 50K. Boats were 2005, 2006 and a 2007 if I recall correctly. I learned that it was an improper tank install and all years are potentially affected but that is just what I was told/heard.
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I have a 2014 385OS and it has poly tanks which don't suffer the corrosion issues that a 10+ yr old boat with aluminum tanks risks. I did however have to replace the gaskets on my fuel senders as I experienced some leaking when I topped off the tanks. It was an easy fix as the top of the tanks are easily serviced. I think any tank replacement issues on the Pursuits were some models from the mid-2000s.
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My tanks are 24 years old and still solid. I have the removable sole that makes replacement much easier. I am replacing through hulls and pumps this year and will also replace the tanks while I'm in there. Tanks are about 3k to make. I can't see it costing more than 6 or 7 grand.
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Originally Posted by Raybo Marine NY View Post
the 3000 water intrusion was due to the vent cut outs, it was not engine specific , it had nothing at all to do with the engines
Yes, it was the vent for the mercury engines. Crusader's and diesels were not affected from what I read
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Originally Posted by mbureau22 View Post
I was in the same position as you....really wanted the 3370 express. The fuel tank issue did it in for me. I could not stomach spending 100K on a boat and then potentially having to drop in another 40K. I did speak with and email with 3 different owners who did the fuel tank replacement. Cheapest was 32K and most expensive was right at 50K. Boats were 2005, 2006 and a 2007 if I recall correctly. I learned that it was an improper tank install and all years are potentially affected but that is just what I was told/heard.
Yea I think we are at that point as well.

I did call pursuit today and they said they switched from the aluminum to poly tanks mid 2000's. BUT then the single wall poly tanks had a vapor leaking issue and they started double walling their tanks in 2008-2001 depending on the model/year.

I asked if there was a specifc model or year that would be in the clear and was told no. They said they installed what they had in inventory at the time. Some boats got the fixed tanks, others got the ones with issues. Kind of crappy if you ask me.
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Originally Posted by All Seas View Post
Yes, it was the vent for the mercury engines. Crusader's and diesels were not affected from what I read
this vent? Are you talking about through the exhaust or into the core?
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can they finally build in baffles in poly?
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We bought this last year, the bilge is always surprisingly dry. Im hoping that will help the possible fuel tank issue tjat could happen. I absolutely love the boat. There just isnt one that performs as well, with the amenities it provides, the range, and the ride out there. If the fuel tanks happen it will be the down time that hurts the most.
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Are there tank issues with fresh water boats only in water for 6-7 months a year? 1996 2870 Offshore CC
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Originally Posted by All Seas View Post
Yes, it was the vent for the mercury engines. Crusader's and diesels were not affected from what I read
I had a 3000 express with the Merc Horizons for 15 years and never heard of this problem, interesting.
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I think the fuel permeation issue is over blown, but I’m sure it would be different in a really hot climate rather than the cooler waters we are on.
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My last Pursuit was a 1986 2550 that was all freshwater up north. It has the original tank in yet ad gets regular use all summer long. I picked up an 07 2670 LS that I am getting ready for summer now. That boat was in the salt all its life. I hope it doesn't require change out.
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I had an 2006 3370 that I recently sold. No problems with the fuel tanks. It was a great boat.
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I’d be very interested in knowing if there’s a way to check if a certain Pursuit/boat has potential fuel tank issues BEFORE the problem happens.
Also in the market for similar boats as OP.
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I have a 2003 2470 WA that the aluminum tank failed. I had to cut the deck out and replace with plastic tank.
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Anyone know of any fuel tank issues with a 1999 3070 center console—aluminum tanks. Outboard boat.
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I'm one of the guys that told you to look out for this. This info doesn't completely answer your question but should help:
we looked at 2004-2014 OS 315s, 345s, 375s, and 335s/3370s and found the issue across all of those models and years.
At the time, we spoke with Pursuit about it and were told it is only a scent/permeation from tank and poses no safety or health risk. There is not fix, however the abatement, which Pursuit was going to do under warranty, was to install fans on timers. This is the sole reason we did not move forward with a 345. For what it's worth, we've owned several Pursuits and Tiaras over the years and they have all be great boats and done exactly what we've asked them to. Best of all was 2004 Tiara 3800. Good luck.

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