Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Diesel fuel problems and additives
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Back when I first got Kristy, and couldn't get the old Volvo over 2200rpm, one of the things I did was have the tank cleaned and fuel polished. I have used BioBor with every fill-up since then. I first fill a 2-liter clear container with fuel from the dock andlet it sit for a few hours. I've never found any fuel that was contaminated. Anytime the boat sits for more than a month or two, I put a 5-ft length of pvc down to the bottom of the tank and pump 2 liters into my clear bottle. Again, since cleaning the tank 8 years ago,I've never found any debris or water in my tank. I used to change the Racors once a year, but they have always been clean. I haven't changed them in 5 years now and they still work fine.
I've heard of adding oil or transmission fluid to the fuel, but haven't met a mechanic who advocated doing that...so far so good.
On Jun 28, 2016, at 2:49 PM, Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
Hi Aty and Mohammed,
I've had dirty fuel on a previous boat, and would rather not have to deal with it again.
While refitting Aloha, we added a fuel boss fuel polishing unit in addition to the dual Racor units as JP described. It consist of an additional Racor unit with a 24volt motor attached. I also added 2 valves which allow fuel to diverted from the primary racors to the fuel boss, and for the output to go into the return line, and back into the top of the tank. The SM is ideal for this system as fuel draws from the very bottom of the tank. It polishes at 60 gph, so a full tank can be polished in under 3 hours. I usually polish if the boat has been sitting for a while, or if I have questions about the quality of the fuel received. It is a fairly simple user installed system, and cost me about $1000 with all the bits and pieces. Seems like cheap insurance to me. Also, I use the same Startron additive Bill recommends, and have found it to be a great product.
Aloha SM 72
Grenada for the summer
On Jun 28, 2016, at 12:21, Germain Jean-Pierre jgermain@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: