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Old 05-05-2015, 03:14 PM   #21
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Makes sense, George. My 34 has 2 125 gal tanks. They probably had a yard full of these tanks for the various models. I'll measure mine next time I'm in the belly of the beast to compare.

My tanks behave similarly...especially my stbd tank. It requires a slow fill to keep the pump from kicking off. I thought it was the vent, but replacing it and the vent line did not change anything.

My vent lines burp fuel so I use a Davis Instruments fuel catch bottle over the vent as I fill. It's held in place with 2 suction cups and I tether it to the boat. I place a small oil diaper in the bottle to absorb the fuel which is then easy to discard at the fuel dock.

I also installed fuel vent whistles in my vent lines to alert me when the tanks are full. They work very well.

I did see fuel in water when I topped tanks off. Going to order one of those no spill bottles. Then I just have to get in lazarette and see where the vents are. 😚

I talked to Lisa at Tanktender. I am really considering one of their systems to monitor the 4 fuel tanks and water tank. Seems install would be a breeze and I could locate the panel back in Master Stateroom for an easy run of those little nylon tubes.

Any thoughts on the Tank Tender?

Thanks guys for all the help!
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:15 PM   #22
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Poo! The Davis No-Spill bottle is discontinued. But, I can still get one at "The No-Spill Store" online.

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Old 05-06-2015, 06:34 PM   #23
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Padre Geo, I measured my tanks and they match yours...17"H x 22"W x 76.5" L

Mine were replaced by the PO with aluminum tanks but he told me he had them made to the same dimensions to retain the 250 Gal total fuel capacity.
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:56 PM   #24
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My 1984 34LRC has similar burping issues when filling; calls for a slow fill & patience. I bought the boat under the impression that I had 250 gal of fuel. Measurement shows it to be closer to 230 gal (115 gal each side). Gauges are a bit devious as well, so I use a dipstick marked in 1" increments. Works well for consumption calcs & to avoid spilling when refueling.
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My 1984 34LRC has similar burping issues when filling; calls for a slow fill & patience. I bought the boat under the impression that I had 250 gal of fuel. Measurement shows it to be closer to 230 gal (115 gal each side). Gauges are a bit devious as well, so I use a dipstick marked in 1" increments. Works well for consumption calcs & to avoid spilling when refueling.
Well, no wonder you can make 23 Kts!! You're not carrying as much weight in fuel!! ...and at that speed, it just keeps getting better fast, right?
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:31 PM   #26
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Capt. Jon,
Should have copies finished by Saturday. Just need an address to ship to. Manual is marked 1989.

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Old 05-07-2015, 11:12 PM   #27
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Thanks Bob. I'll PM you with it.
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You are correct. The tanks if they are original should be 125 gallons each.
When i bought my Californian new, the tank option was two 125 gal standard or 4 x 125's optional. I generally don't need that capacity, unless going up the inside passage to northern BC or AK. For the purpose of rolling over the fuel more often, I decided to burn off the fuel in two tanks, one port and one starboard, and close off the valves. Turned out to be a bad idea as it raised the stern of the boat to where rain water would accumulate on the deck when not under way. Would have had to re-ballast the boat and 250 gal of fuel = a lot of lead.
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Good idea. Your owners manual is ready. just need instructions as to where you want me to ship it.
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Bob, I sent you a private message with all my information a while back. Did you get it? If not I'll re-send it to you.
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Bob, received it in the mail yesterday. Thanks so much for your effort. If anyone else is interested I could scan it and put it in a .pdf then it could be printed or viewed as needed.
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Can you post it as a pdf here on the thread?
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I can take it into the office next week and scan it. We have several high speed hP scanners that will do the job.
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I can take it into the office next week and scan it. We have several high speed hP scanners that will do the job.
That would be great Capt Jon. That type of information is non existent other than with current Californian owners. I am copying everything Californian I can lay my hands on and archiving it on my boat for the next owner, who hopefully will pass on to others as well.
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Thanks a million, CJ!! It'll be a great source of Californian info for many. That's what makes this section so great for Californian owners. It's probably the only site where this type of info can be found. Your manual pdf will be a great addition!
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Scanned the manual today minus two electrical drawings. They are too big for the scanner. I will come up with something to get them scanned in. The manual minus the two electrical pages is 33 megs in .pdf format. Flywright how big is your email box?
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I wonder if 33 megs is too big for an attachment. Wanna try attaching it to a post in this thread to see if it works? Or maybe set up a dropbox?

I don't know the limits of my email inbox. I'll PM you with my email if you want to try.

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I had already tried to upload it. There is a 3.91 meg PDFs limit. I tried emailing it but came back as exceeded the mailbox limit. If I have time tomorrow I'll try and set it up in a drop box.
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I'm no expert at this, but can't you compress or "zip" the file to shrink it for email purposes? Then the receiver just unzips it at the other end. My daughter sends me large photo folders like this.
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Since .pdf's are already compressed there is little to be gained by putting them into a zip file. If you have the ability to upload large files to the site I can see about a drop box or the moderators would allow me a one time large file upload then we could do it that way. Worse comes to worse I can stick a thumb drive in FedEx or the mail and send it to you that way.
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