Recent content by ontherocks83

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    More on Maine Sail

    I did $50
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    More on Maine Sail

    I'm praying for the best and as others have said will definitely go in on a gofundme. Willing to help in any way possible including driving there to help!
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    More on Maine Sail

    I am in Mass and if he needs help, I am only a 2 or 3 hour drive away to be able to go help winterize his boat/s.
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    More on Maine Sail

    I would definitely be more than willing to contribute to a Go Fund Me for him if someone sets it up! Also like Kloudie1 said I would also contribute to keeping his website up and running. Rodd's information has been more than instrumental for me doing a full refit on my boat. I would love to...
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    No, what I do is shut off the fuel valve that is down stream of my primary filter then pump the tank dry. In the spring after I fill it, I use the primer pump on my primary filter to add a little pressure then open the fuel shutoff valve. She starts right up and doesn't hiccup at all. YMMV
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    Fuel can retain water but once it hits a saturation point it settles to the bottom of the tank. It's not soluble in the sense that water does not dissolve in fuel it remains separate. Think oil and vinegar dressing, they can mix but will eventually settle separately.
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    Fuel Filter Replacement

    I have always been of the annual filter replacement mindset, but that was on my old boat with no primary filter or vacuum gauge. Never knew if I was "over replacing" them.
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    You make a good argument and I am curious to what the final answer is. Going to an extreme between what you and Davidasailor are saying, then a partially filled tank would eventually become completely full having filled up with water from condensation, where a full or empty tank would not. I...
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    I see your point, but (and I could be wrong) what if you look at the amount of fuel in your tank as the size of a sponge. The bigger the sponge the more water it can collect. For example if you have a drop of fuel in a tank vs a gallon of fuel, then which will absorb more moisture and deposit it...
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    Fuel Filter Replacement

    Another thread about fuel tanks has me thinking about my fuel filters. I have a Racor filter/water separator as my primary and the engine mounted fuel filter as my secondary. The Racor has a vacuum gauge with a drag needle so I can see if it is getting restricted. If there is no water in the...
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    I get what your saying, but just because it is hard to do on big boats doesn't change that it works. On something of that size I would say a quality fuel polishing system would be more practical and doable. The big point (I believe) is that the idea of topping off your tanks to prevent moisture...
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    Aww man, I was all prepared to have some snarky remarks and everything;):biggrin:. Honestly though I am not a scientist and I didn't sleep in a holiday inn express last night but my understanding of it is, fuel absorbs/attracts moisture therefor if there is no fuel there is nothing to attract...
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    I'm not saying I am a Maine Sail fan boy but he has not let me down yet. A lot of my refit was based on his advice and I couldn't be happier. To add a more educated response;) The previous owner of my boat had always left the tank full, and "treated" it with additives each winter. When I looked...
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    Give this a go. Does an Empty Marine Fuel Tank Condensate? - Marine How To
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    When is diesel fuel too old?

    Yes, thank you / good point. My approach is a bit biased as I only have a 17 gallon tank and is easy to pump dry, however I still stand behind my method if feasible.