Fuel Tank Rollover Protection

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Kevin Turner, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Kevin Turner
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    Kevin Turner New Member

    Long time lurker, please excuse my first post being a question.

    As I understand it, grade-vent-rollover valves must be used to protect delicate charcoal canisters. However, what if the vessel is not equipped with a charcoal canister?

    In addition, I have read that in certain applications, the ABYC requires builders to use rollover fuel tank valves. However, I have not found definitive proof that the US EPA and/or the USCG requires them also?

    Thanks in advance for your replies...KT
     
  2. Kevin Turner
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    Kevin Turner New Member

    EPA does not require rollover valves.
     
  3. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    The USCG does not require rollover valves either.
     
  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Welcome to the forum.

    If you've rolled over your boat, you likely have bigger issues to contend with, other than a fuel spill. What is your concern with this?
     

  5. Kevin Turner
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    Kevin Turner New Member

    Ike-
    Thx for the reply.

    Par-
    I'm in complete agreement. / I'm a small Midwestern (USA) builder; in business for over 20 years. During that time, I cannot recall a seemingly simple task being more frustrating than updating my fuel tanks to meet the EPA Diurnal / anit spit back regs.

    To be clear, I'm not opposed to the EPA / USCG regs, I think they make perfect sense.

    What I am opposed to is the vendors who have fed me a line of BS as to what and what is not required by law. I've wasted thousands of dollars on installs that could have been much simpler and cost effective.
     
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