I'm wondering what the shelf life of marine
hose is? By shelf life I mean, it was sitting in a shed exposed to hot summers and cold winters (Connecticut) for 17 years. This hose was sold to me for the cost of "discounted" new hose by the Beta Marine
distributor in my area. I only noticed that the hose says 2003 on it once I brought it back to the boat
. I bought some 2 in wet exhaust
hose that says 2006 on it. Some 3/4 in wire reinforced water
hose that is from 2012, and some non-reinforced 1 in wet exhaust
hose that says 2003 on it. The year is 2020! Even if the hose is "new old stock" surely it has a shelf life being exposed to harsh summer and winter temperatures for so long. All in, we're talking about $250 worth of hose.
I need to maintain a good relationship with the distributor throughout the engine installation
process as I'm doing it all myself and need his advice. However, I can't help feeling like I've been seriously taken advantage of. Does anyone have any suggestions? At this point, I'm planning on calling Trident and Shields in the morning to find out their thoughts on shelf life but I'm planning on telling the distributor that the hoses are very old and that he likely sold them to me by mistake (even though we all know that is not the case) and that I'd like him to replace them with brand new hoses. Honestly, his "discounted" price
was barely less than I can get them from Defender where I know they'll be brand new.
After spending >$10K on a new engine
from him I feel like the least he can do is right this situation by giving me all new hose.
Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated.