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  • Why you always do a sniff test
    06/23/2005 2:18PM
    On a gasoline powered boat, when fueling you must ALWAYS check the bilge for the smell of gasoline before starting your boat. If you encounter a strong smell of gasoline DO NOT START IT. Find the source of the gas smell and take care of it.
    This is why.
    I've had it happen once on a newly purchased used boat that had a loose fuel level sender ... gasoline started spilling out of the top and a large quantity got down into the bilge. It took over an hour to clean up and air out before we felt comfortable enough to fire up the blowers let alone the engines.