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Old 11-07-2011, 04:59 PM
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Does anybody know any boat lawyers in the Baltimore area or do they have such a thing. I was having some warranty work done on my boat and now have a lot of other damage. After pulling the engine and having the boat for two months they are now telling me my fuel tank is cracked and leaking. The tank is in the engine compartment and the crack is visible. There is no way they pulled the engine and didn’t see or smell it if it was leaking priory to them getting the boat. I have never had or heard of a problem like this and not sure how to go about this or what to do.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:14 PM
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You just need a lawyer, not a boat lawyer. This kind of thing is actually pretty common. You can find plenty of threads on here of guys tearing up their decks to replace rotting fuel tanks. Your problem is going to be proving that they did not find this problem when they had the boat apart,( was the tank full then or not until after the work was finished). And beyond that proving what the cause of the crack/leak is will be tough to prove also.

If it is a metal tank, those typically corrode after 12 or 15 years and need replacing. Did you have the boat surveyed before purchase? perhaps the surveyer noted the condition of the tanks then.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:36 PM
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Prober, he had "Warranty" work done. It's either a new engine or a new boat. From the sound of it, it's a new boat.

So if new, it's either another warranty claim or it was damaged pulling the engine. Either way, any lawyer can help as much as one specializing in marine law.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by newbigboater View Post
Does anybody know any boat lawyers in the Baltimore area or do they have such a thing. I was having some warranty work done on my boat and now have a lot of other damage. After pulling the engine and having the boat for two months they are now telling me my fuel tank is cracked and leaking. The tank is in the engine compartment and the crack is visible. There is no way they pulled the engine and didn’t see or smell it if it was leaking priory to them getting the boat. I have never had or heard of a problem like this and not sure how to go about this or what to do.
So did this just happen? or did it happen back in July? (2 months prior to you asking for help on a fuel tank)
Originally Posted by newbigboater View Post
09-29-2011, 05:44 PM Looking for some fuel tank repair info, I have a vent tube that is leaking from a cracked weld. The tube is welded to the tank and goes to a rubber tube. Is there an epoxy I can use to seal it off?
Something doesn't quite make sense.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:37 PM
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Yanking a motor will not cause fuel tank damage, especially at the vent neck. Any I/O is separated from the fuel tank compartment via a bulkhead. Besides, the fuel vent neck is adjacent to the fill neck at the FORWARD end of the tank! How could pulling a motor cause a crack in the weld?

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