Re: Fuel Stick Specifics

Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy)

I'll clarify that the sail batten and carbon fiber sticks I've seen all live outside of the tank - only dipped in to check the fuel level periodically. For the Amel stick that lives in the tank full-time, best choice is probably polycarbonate. Perhaps someone or Amel themselves could confirm the material.

Mike Longcor
SV Trilogy SM23

On Wed, Jul 6, 2022, 2:24 PM Mike Longcor (SV Trilogy) via <> wrote:

Hi Tony,

Here's some info from my SM#23, which may be different from yours.

1. With the bottom of the stick resting on the bottom of the tank, the top of the stick comes up the fuel fill and ends just inside the fuel fill cap. I suggest measuring yours to be sure of the proper length. From memory, it's something like 1.5 meter long x 4cm wide x 5mm thick - I can check mine when I get back onboard later in the week.

2. Again from memory, there are holes every few centimeters and liters marked in 100-liter increments every handful of holes. Will need to measure mine to be sure.

3. Nothing. There's a short loop of string tied through a hole at the top of the stick to make it easier to grab.

4. Polycarbonate is my guess?

5. Make one out of hydrocarbon compatible material and it can be your long-term solution. PVC or polycarbonate would be my choice over metal or wood. I know some sailors have used old sail battens or scrap pieces of carbon fiber tubing before.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Mike Longcor
SV Trilogy SM23

On Wed, Jul 6, 2022, 12:43 PM Tony Elliott <tonye@...> wrote:
Hi All,

I need some assistance on the fuel stick in the diesel tank for my SM$443. Mine is missing and I need some assistance to create a replacement for an upcoming tank fill and trip.

I have read a few threads, researched the Amel Book and researched the files and other resources on this forum to no avail.

I have a few questions:

1). How long is the stick?
2). Is it marked/graduated, and if so, at what measurements are the marks?
3). What is the stick attached to (the fuel cap, something else?)
4). what is the stick made of?
5). Anyone have any alternate materials that can be used for short term purposes (PVC pipe, wood, copper pipe etc?)

Thanks in advance,
SM#443-Grand Cru

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