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Old 05-24-2016, 02:45 PM   #1
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Fuel transfer manifold

How do others set their fuel transfer valves when underway?
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:51 PM   #2
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The valves on only one tank of four are open. The valves for the fuel polisher (transfer also) and the sight gauge are closed.
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Old 05-24-2016, 04:51 PM   #3
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2 tanks, each with its own supply and return valve. Fuel transfer line that has a valve at each tank.

As Marty said, we leave the fuel transfer valves and the sight tube valves closed except when using them. Normally, I will have the suppky and return valves for one tank open and the valves for the other tank closed. Occasionally, I will have the Stb supply line and th port return line open while running if I need to move fuel to the port tank. This is risky however because I could forget about it and drain the Stb and overfill the port if I'm not careful.
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:05 PM   #4
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Every other day, port to engine/return line to port tank and the next day starboard to engine/return line to starboard.

Of course I did discover my engine requires that pink stuff. Clear does not make her go. The starboard tank was a water tank and I thought I had all the water out. To my chagrin that was not so.

From stall to back underway took five minutes. Three of those were in raising the stop anchor. It's really quite simple and I do not have to bleed Betsy. The electronic fuel pump does it for me.

Life is sweet.

On Betsy once the injectors are full as I understand it the fuel simply runs through and back to the tank via the fuel return line. All I know for certain is I do not have to bleed the engine and that's WONDERFUL.

Not all engines have this capacity.

I still get diesel on my nails when I open the petcock at the bottom of the Racor500 and wish that were not so. It would be great to be able to drain the bowl by opening a valve. My pump will refill the Racor bowl with fuel.

Side Note: I placed the electronic fuel pump (one of those Mr. Gasket brand units found at the auto parts stores for $60) before the Racor. That way it can fill the bowl without priming. I do not need to "protect" the pump and felt this was a better way to set it up.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:11 PM   #5
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Someone please explain why you would only use one tank at a time. I have 2 tanks of 330 g each and leave them both feeding the engines all the time. I return to both tanks as well. I leave the crossover line open as well. I do shut off the fuel lines to the polisher. Am I doing something wrong?
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:25 PM   #6
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Use the same tank to fuel the engine and returning any excess fuel to the same tank. Have to choose among four tanks. Normally return to the originating tank to avoid over-flowing another tank. Not like there may be reason to transfer fuel to a not-full tank.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:28 PM   #7
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Hmason, I'm with you and in fact I leave auto fuel polisher on as well -it runs 2 hours a day. 325 gallons each tank and they draw down equally. Keeps things balanced as well. Never a fuel problem knock on wood .
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Hmason, I'm with you and in fact I leave auto fuel polisher on as well -it runs 2 hours a day. 325 gallons each tank and they draw down equally. Keeps things balanced as well. Never a fuel problem knock on wood .
Glad I'm not alone. Since I fill both tanks at the same time, the odds are bad fuel, if present will be in both tanks.
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Have disengaged my fuel polisher. Use its pump to transfer fuel among tanks and to prime engine when needed.
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[QUOTE=janice142;445795]


"I still get diesel on my nails when I open the petcock at the bottom of the Racor500 and wish that were not so. It would be great to be able to drain the bowl by opening a valve. My pump will refill the Racor bowl with fuel."

Janice: this link shows Racors drain valve, pretty expensive! you may find something similar at a hardware store?

http://www.parker.com/literature/Rac...-off_Valve.pdf



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During refit and tank replacement I split 1/3 off the tanks outboard of the engines to create port and starboard day tanks of 385 liters each. Those tanks can only be filled via the fuel polisher, they do not have any deck fills.

There are cross-overs that I can open between the day tanks and adjoining tanks, and also cross-over from port to starboard, but these are normally closed The aft tanks have a cross-over between them that I normally leave open.

I have fuel manifolds for supply and return to all 6 tanks. I can draw from any one tank and return to any tank. Normal use is to run from, and return to, the day tanks only.

My sight gauges have valves top and bottom which have flow restriction that operates in the event of a tube failure, so I don't turn the valves off.
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Howard:
I too leave it all open. That way the boat stays in trim no matter what.
When I bought this boat, there are 4 water tanks, set up with crossovers and sight gauges. The broker spent a lot of time extolling the virtues of the system, ignoring the fuel systems. First time I had to go find which tank to close, which to open, I opened all of the valves. I haven't looked at them since. There is simply no need. When I jump into bed, if I hear the tank below my mattress oil canning,( the lowest in the boat) I know it is no longer full, so at the next opportunity, I take on water, filling all 4.
I always take on fuel in both tanks, and I always fill right up. I know I need fuel if I have more than 100 hours on the clock since my last refuel. At 4 gph, average consumption, I will still have lots in reserve.
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I think it's near impossible to make any comparisons without knowing a boat's complete fuel system design. What you do on one boat may have no bearing on another because the fuel system is set up differently. I think this is the source of Hmason's confusion. I ran my Grand Banks like he does, but it's meaningless when looking at how I run my current boat.
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I still get diesel on my nails when I open the petcock at the bottom of the Racor500 and wish that were not so. It would be great to be able to drain the bowl by opening a valve. My pump will refill the Racor bowl with fuel.
Which Racor do you have? You may be able to buy the fitting for the bottom of the bowl that is tapped 1/4" FPT. Both my 1000s and my 500 have those fittings. Believe they come that way if the bowl has the metal shield.

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I only draw and return to the starboard tank. Fuel polishing and transfer use different plumbing. Burn about 16 gallons per day (8 hours) cruising, so only transfer fuel every 3 days or so. Prefer not to fill both tanks when fueling in case of bad fuel. Fill the port tank; polish to the starboard. Close all transfer valves when not in use. Usually fill the port tank when both tanks get below half and can be all transferred to starboard.

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We draw from both tanks while cruising. I keep the sight gauge valves open. I keep the feed valves to the polisher from each tank closed while cruising. Really the only times I isolate tanks is for polishing and fueling.
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I have four tanks for the two engines and genny. The tanks are connected by big 2" transfer pipes at the bottom of the tanks. Only the two outboard tanks have deck fills and the inboard tanks are filled from the outboard tanks through the transfer pipes.

I will normally isolate the tanks and draw and return from the inboard tanks.

Every few days I will need to level-out the tanks as the genny only draws from one of the tanks. Levelling is very quick as the transfer pipe is large.

Every few weeks I will transfer some fuel from the "spare" outboard tanks to the "active" inboard tanks.

This is more work than leaving everything open but I believe it provides some protection against contamination. As only the outboard tanks have deck fills, the inboard tanks fill, by gravity, through the transfer pipes. As such, I understand water and crap will tend to pushed to the inboard tanks leaving the outboard tanks possibly cleaner. In case contamination is detected, I can switch to the outboard tank until the dirty inboard tank is dealt with. That's the theory anyway.
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Which Racor do you have? You may be able to buy the fitting for the bottom of the bowl that is tapped 1/4" FPT. Both my 1000s and my 500 have those fittings. Believe they come that way if the bowl has the metal shield.
That would be great Ted. My Racor500 does not have the metal bowl. It has that plastic turn gizmo thingy at the bottom. Pain in the posterior and I swear the next time I open it I'll write on the assembly which way to turn.

In stressful situations (like the darn boat stopping for instance) I kept opening when I intended to close the thing. Easily remedied however an arrow would be smarter for me.

I like labels, even on the Obvious stuff.

I noted the 1/4" NPT sizing. This is not a front burner project however it is a wish list item for certain. And hopefully I've got all the water out of the starboard tank though I'm not counting on that.

This morning I ran the polishing system for a while -- nothing. I need weight aft in the starboard corner (where the pickup point is) so that's on the To Do list.

Thanks to you (and Steve's link) I know what's required. Now I need to see if it will fit with my setup.

Thanks again!
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I would like to get ours set up to one location . We have 5 tanks . One is direct to genny only . I only put fuel in one tank that is stand alone and plumbed only to the fuel polisher . I transfer and polish from this tank to other four . It's a lot of valves and at first it was confusing but have it worked out now . But everything in a central location with nice manifold would be sweet .
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In stressful situations (like the darn boat stopping for instance) I kept opening when I intended to close the thing. Easily remedied however an arrow would be smarter for me.

I like labels, even on the Obvious stuff.
Not a bad idea. I like labels as well. For example, on every thru hull valve, I draw an arrow on the hull with a Sharpee showing which way to turn the valve to close it.
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