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Old 08-02-2013, 10:00 AM
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anyway, I have a boat, with an enclosed section where the batteries and removable fuel tanks are. I want to install a a stereo and IMO the best location for it puts the rear of it in that area with the fuel tanks. That space has ventilation of course but its just vented, no fans. Would it be safe to mount the stereo in that space? I worry about fumes and the electronics of the radio turning my boat into a bomb. I could mount it in the side of the console but it will be where it could be hit by stuff going on in the boat. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 08-02-2013, 10:56 AM
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Odds are you'll be fine if you remove the tanks and let it ventilate before doing the installation. There's a remote chance that if the connections break while the radio is on there may be a spark which will be problematical if the fumes are strong. Taping the connections and possibly boxing in the back of the speakers should reduce this risk even further.

I can't guarantee your safety with this advice but I believe the risk to be 1/millions.

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:02 PM
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Thanks, I will heat shrink the connections and remove the tanks to do it so I have access, mainly wondering about the stereo head unit and the open ventilation slots on it with the gas fumes that will inevitably build up in there. I have 2 - 3" vents on that compartment but no fans to move the air around.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:46 PM
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I misunderstood I thought you were jsut dong the speakers there. Probably ok if the radio is marine rated. It should be shielded for sparks then, but I'm sure we'll get more responses to that issue.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:56 AM
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Plastic gas cans are actually vapor permeable to gasoline and many other solvents. Gas can slowly evaporate right through the plastic. Unless the electronics are specifically "ignition-protected", I would not want it there. Even minor things like sparks from an open frame motor's brushes could cause an explosion. I have no clue if CD drive motors are sealed or not, for example.

I don't think the addition of a fan is an acceptable solution, either. The equipment simply has to be ignition-protected to be mounted in that location.
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Thanks, think I agree, going to find another spot for it.
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