Allowing too many people on the flybridge, or other high areas, quickly changes a boat’s
center of gravity, making it susceptible to capsize. Fore and aft weight distribution is important, too. For example, too many people astern can cause flooding through the outboard cutout or over the transom, especially when the boat is hit by a wave, or wash from other boats
in a harbor of festivities.
Carefully distribute heavy objects, keeping them low, secured, and centered if possible.
Large coolers filled with liquid on center console-sized boats can cause quick flooding from
wakes if placed in a stern quarter, especially if you add several adults. If you carry an extra or
heavier anchor and chain, stow and secure it low in the boat, where it doesn’t adversely affect
stability. Consider the fullness of your fuel and water tanks, or bait/fish wells, which impact
weight distribution. If you experience sluggish steering, unusual trim when your boat is running, or unusual responses when you turn the wheel, stop and figure out if you have a loading
problem. Don’t attempt to “correct” improper weight distribution with trim tabs. — T.N.
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what happens when a boat is overloaded.
allow the tank to vent. Check the part number
and order the proper cap that incorporates
the venting. If the vent is severely clogged/
blocked, the engine will not be able to pull
fuel and will eventually stall out.
I can’t make the connection with fuel
efficiency here. I believe you have fuel loss.
You didn’t mention the engine type (for
example, inboard/outboard) but my guess
is, the pressure in the tank is pushing fuel
through the carburetor and into the water/
bilge while you’re away. In an inboard you’d
caution: Constant removal/replacement of the
fuel line will eventually make that connection
unreliable and may cause a leak. Fully inspect
that connection and replace if needed.
DANGER: Working with fuel (especially
under any kind of pressure) can cause injury
or death by explosion. Never disconnect
fuel lines while there’s any pressure in the
system. A slow removal of a fuel cap to allow
vapor to escape is your best method of pres-
sure relief. A concentrated fuel/air mixture
is highly explosive. Even a slight static dis-
charge could cause a catastrophic event.
New (post-2011 or so) fuel systems have
many more components than their predeces-
sors and come in different varieties. Valving,
carbon canisters, and specialized caps have
been added for automatic shutoff activation
and environmental considerations. NEVER
attempt a repair on one of these systems.
Have a qualified (ABYC-certified, or trained
by the fuel system/boat manufacturer) repair
technician do this work for you.
most certainly smell it during your pre-start
check; in an outboard you may never see it!
So, locate your vent line, check for kinks,
clogs, proper cap, and so on. ABYC standards
require that all connections in the fuel system
be “accessible,” which could mean they’re
under a plate or panel, so you should be able
to inspect all of these. Watch the vapor that
comes out, it is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE. Take
extreme caution with this job. My guess is,
removing the cap will serve the same purpose
as removing the fuel line. One last word of
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