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Old 09-18-2012, 08:00 AM   #21
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FlyWright -- I have a single engine. It was interesting working in the ER under those conditions. Not easy, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Over the past year I have spent an awful lot of time in the ER re-doing all the boat systems so I know where everything is and I have all of my ER yoga poses down to be able to reach everything. I just had to be careful working around a hot engine.

Yes, I have tow insurance so it was a pretty low threshold to decide to call them.

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Old 09-18-2012, 11:53 AM   #22
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[ I have all of my ER yoga poses down to be able to reach everything.

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That is pretty funny.
gave me a good chuckle.

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:13 PM   #23
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FlyWright -- I have a single engine.

Yes, I have tow insurance so it was a pretty low threshold to decide to call them.

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Don't know why, but I thought you had twins. Gotta love that tow insurance!!
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #24
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Back a long time ago, when I was drafted (Korean war, which tells you my age!), I learned two important things from the Army.

1. Hit the latrine every chance you get, because you might not get another chance.

2. Take a nap every chance you get, because you might not get another chance.

And now that I am retired and find comfort and and solace in boating, guess I will add another one to that list.

3. Refuel every chance you get, because you might not get another chance.

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:03 PM   #25
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John,

That reminds me of the 3 rules for aging men:

1. Don't pass up a restroom.

2. Don't trust a fart.

3. Don't waste an erection.

(I have filed these away for the distant future when I might find them useful!)
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:25 AM   #26
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"Refuel every chance you get, because you might not get another chance."

And crap fuel will be a smaller percentage of the total in the tank, easier to handle.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:18 AM   #27
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And crap fuel......
Bio-Fuel??


Sorry, couldn't help it.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:53 PM   #28
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Bio-Fuel??


Sorry, couldn't help it.
OMG let's not get started on that again.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:48 PM   #29
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I've never understood why this trend ever developed to have fuel pick-up tubes that end above the bottom of the tank.
Organization writing our voluntary standards (ABYC / NFPA), Coast Guard and environment regulations do not allow fuel supply, (and vent and fill) lines to be anywhere but top of tanks. It is difficult to get the happy medium, where you can allow sludge to build for a while but not be too far off the bottom. If you don't have daytanks, the trick is to always have enough fuel to never lose the prime, no matter what the seaconditions may be.
You can have a sump that you can manually drain, in which case you can allow pick up tubes to reach farther down.
Conversely, sight gauges must also be fitted with shut-off cocks at bottom (and top) as well, in order to comply.

Many builders install screens at the pick up point on the end of the pick up tubes. I advise owners to remove these screen; in time they will plug up, while otherwise sludge goes right through to the primary particle separator.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:40 PM   #30
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The USCG doesn't mandate diesel fuel supply to be from the top....only gas...
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:55 PM   #31
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I am not up on the regulations for fuel tank outlets, but at least one well-respected builder is not shy about their gravity-fed systems. Perhaps "voluntary" allows a certain amount of common sense.

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