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197 Islander fuel tank size

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197 Islander fuel tank size

PostFri Jun 23, 2017 2:54 pm

Bought my 2014 197 Islander a year ago. Was told by previous owner that it had a 56 gallon tank I think. Generally keep it pretty full, so hasn't been on my mind. Ran the boat hard one day and the gauge got down to showing about 1/4 tank. Filling it back up revealed that I had burned 20 gallons. So if the gauge was reading correctly, it would suggest that the tank is much smaller (if burning 20 gallons gets me down to 1/4 tank). Seems like I heard or read that some of these boats were built with a smaller tank, 30 gallons or something. My fuel gauge also seems to act up sometimes, so I'm trying to figure out which is the issue - my gauge or do I have a smaller tank than I thought. Any suggestions on determining my tank size for sure? Can Pioneer look up my hull ID or something and tell me?
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostFri Jun 23, 2017 3:25 pm

Those float type fuel gauges are a joke! Extremely inaccurate as a rule. If you want accuracy, ditch the analog gauges and change the boat over to digital gauges. Reset the total fuel used after every fill up and you will stay within a couple of tenths of a gallon on your usage.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostSat Jun 24, 2017 11:14 am

I have the same question for my 2016 220 baysport? The specs say 59 & 65 gallons, dealer said 56, I contacted Pioneer and they said 81 gallons with the plastic tank.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostSun Jun 25, 2017 4:48 pm

Yep boat fuel gauge is usually wrong.

Smallest tank I heard used in the islander was 40. Depending on your engine/ electronics setup you could potentially get NMEA 2k data from the engine and display fuel burn/total usage.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostMon Jun 26, 2017 3:50 pm

ward35 wrote:I have the same question for my 2016 220 baysport? The specs say 59 & 65 gallons, dealer said 56, I contacted Pioneer and they said 81 gallons with the plastic tank.


Sad when specs, dealer, and company are all singing on different pages and you cannot get a straight answer from anyone!
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostMon Jun 26, 2017 6:35 pm

You will after to get an inline flow meter to get anywhere close to accurate.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostTue Jun 27, 2017 11:14 am

Can Pioneer not tell me the size of my tank if I give them the hull ID? I emailed them but haven't heard back yet.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostSun Jul 02, 2017 8:10 am

I have found all of the gauges on my Pioneer to be pretty unreliable. Sometimes the speedometer does not work at all. Then it will inexplicably spring into action, and then just as inexplicably stop again. Not a huge issue, but a little distracting for a brand new boat.....makes me wonder what won't work in 2-3-5 years.

But we forge on. Not a big deal.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostMon Jul 03, 2017 1:55 am

Willie wrote:I have found all of the gauges on my Pioneer to be pretty unreliable. Sometimes the speedometer does not work at all. Then it will inexplicably spring into action, and then just as inexplicably stop again. Not a huge issue, but a little distracting for a brand new boat.....makes me wonder what won't work in 2-3-5 years.

But we forge on. Not a big deal.



First boat?

Typically fuel gauges on boats just plain suck.

The only speedometer worth looking at is the gps speed. Ones that work off water pressure are just plain unreliable and not typically accurate. Blow compressed air through the tube and will most likely work again.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostTue Jul 04, 2017 1:10 pm

Yes the fuel gauge sucks. Mine reads near 1/2 at 3/4s and near 1/4 at half tank. Makes you feel a little uncomfortable. I have NMEA and engine data but I haven't played to put the fuel usage per trip. I do have the gal/hr. Who reads speed gauges anymore? GPS is all I watch.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostWed Jul 12, 2017 9:01 pm

update: I popped the inspection cover in the console of my 2016 220 baysport, the tank specs & capacity <63 gallons were stamped on the tank (port side top). So you might try that on your islander.
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Re: 197 Islander fuel tank size

PostTue Aug 08, 2017 7:40 pm

Early 2014 197 Islanders did not have a tank access cover. My dealer had to install one for me when I continually questioned him about the inaccurate fuel Gage. It never showed over 3/4 tank even after fill up. Come to find out, the factory was using Gage that was too short. I had them give me a longer one and everything is fine now.

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