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aj sailon (Guest)

I just replaced my starboard aluminum tank in a W32 due to suspected leaking. Prima facia evidence was that slight discoloration of the shelf from the color of diesel, a slight sheen to the bilge water and the odiferous evidence of diesel.
Upon removal, it appears that the leak emminates from the inside due to the sludge mixed with a little water from condensation and it all sits in the bottom of the tank picking up a little galvanic charge to start the very fine pin holing effect resulting in the leak.
Airplane tanks are kept full while parked on the tarmack because the condensation affect adds water to the fuel (not good). Keep this in mind when storing your boat for long periods, especially where the humidity is high! or the temperature change is great.
The amount of condensation is reduced because of less airspace.

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