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Old 05-22-2016, 08:45 PM   #41
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Sorry about the thread drift, but this got me questioning about what I do with my sight tube valves. When away from the boat I keep them closed, and when on the boat I leave them open (the lower ones are not that easy to get to) so I can read them easily when on a trip.

What do others do, or recommend?
Keep them closed except when reading them. The tubing is not the most robust and probably the weak link in the fuel system when opened.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:42 PM   #42
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Sorry about the thread drift, but this got me questioning about what I do with my sight tube valves. When away from the boat I keep them closed, and when on the boat I leave them open (the lower ones are not that easy to get to) so I can read them easily when on a trip.

What do others do, or recommend?
My boat only has valves at the bottom. That is something the surveyor flagged BTW. The surveyor said that there should be valves top and bottom. The reason is in case of fire the site tube hose will melt fast. Without closed valves top and bottom that would simply fuel a fire. So, even though I don't have two valves I always close then unless checking fuel levels.

I do have working fuel gauges and a tank tender, so lots of redundancy.
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