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Old 12-31-2015, 05:14 PM   #21
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:18 PM   #22
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Not sure which is worse, if any. Diesel in water tank, or, water in diesel tank! Dealing with latter now myself.
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Old 12-31-2015, 05:26 PM   #23
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Not sure which is worse, if any. Diesel in water tank, or, water in diesel tank! Dealing with latter now myself.
I think diesel in water tank is more difficult to remedy.
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:53 PM   #24
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One of the things we liked about our Hatteras was all the three types of fills were completely separated by at least 20 ft from each other. We are pretty ditzy and I had heard of others having issues with the wrong thing going in the wrong place, so this was a plus in the buying process, and made input/output management a no-brainer ongoing.

Always amazed me builders putting disparate fills right next to each other. Kind of indicates the level of thought they put into the boat design.
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:29 PM   #25
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I remember when diesel cars first hit and the mistakes and, of course, before that you had lead and no lead I think. The one thing I learned from the diesel cars though was very clear labeling including caps. In addition to spacing make people look and think one more time. I know a situation last fall at a marina where they put 100+ gallons of gas in a diesel tank.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:36 PM   #26
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I remember when diesel cars first hit and the mistakes and, of course, before that you had lead and no lead I think. The one thing I learned from the diesel cars though was very clear labeling including caps. In addition to spacing make people look and think one more time. I know a situation last fall at a marina where they put 100+ gallons of gas in a diesel tank.
I always figured if I bought a diesel truck the first thing I was going to do was to get a locking fuel cap and a big key tag that said "Diesel only" - have to pull that sucker out of the glove box and unlock it before you fill it with gas..I mean diesel.
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One of the reasons most fuel docks (at least in the USA) hand you the nozzle rather than doing it themselves is, that way it's you who makes this mistake, not them.


We have had people pump gas into their rod holders at my marina more than once.


My fuel fills are far from my water and waste tank fittings. I did once add water to the waste tank by mistake but that's not a big deal.
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Old 01-01-2016, 10:25 AM   #29
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One of the reasons most fuel docks (at least in the USA) hand you the nozzle rather than doing it themselves is, that way it's you who makes this mistake, not them.


We have had people pump gas into their rod holders at my marina more than once.


My fuel fills are far from my water and waste tank fittings. I did once add water to the waste tank by mistake but that's not a big deal.
We are a bit obsessive on the subject so even have a check off system to force us to double check the pump and then to double check the fill. Being handed the nozzle only half takes the dock hand out of the equation as it could be the wrong nozzle and the wrong pump turned on. Definitely a good way to ruin a day and many more days.
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:01 PM   #31
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We are a bit obsessive on the subject so even have a check off system to force us to double check the pump and then to double check the fill. Being handed the nozzle only half takes the dock hand out of the equation as it could be the wrong nozzle and the wrong pump turned on. Definitely a good way to ruin a day and many more days.
I do double check that the dock hand understands "diesel". Sometimes it's the dockhand who asks me to repeat jus to be sure.

Years ago someone accidentally put diesel fuel in the underground tanks for filling the (gasoline powered) trucks. A lot of people got towed in that day.
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:42 PM   #32
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One of the things we liked about our Hatteras was all the three types of fills were completely separated by at least 20 ft from each other. We are pretty ditzy and I had heard of others having issues with the wrong thing going in the wrong place, so this was a plus in the buying process, and made input/output management a no-brainer ongoing.

Always amazed me builders putting disparate fills right next to each other. Kind of indicates the level of thought they put into the boat design.
Boat isn't long enough to have 20-foot separation, but the fuel, water, and blackwater accesses are several feet separate and labeled.

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Old 01-02-2016, 12:01 AM   #33
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I think you should replace the tanks. Just to be sure...

It's amazing how often that is the correct answer.

And no, I don't want to pay for it.

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Old 01-02-2016, 12:15 AM   #34
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I place a slice of red duct tape over my fuel fill cap slots after I cinch them up. Even if 20 feet apart I'd do it. Like many, learned the hard way years ago.
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On the Hatt, the water fill was on the floor in the far starboard corner of the aft deck; you had to go through a door to get back there and wend you way through whatever furniture was present. The fuel fills were outside about 25 feet forward on the gunnel. The waste tank was another 25 feet or so away, across the raised sundeck on the starboard bow quarter. Caps labeled. There is just no way to screw it up, even if you were drunk.
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On Pau Hana, the water fill is aft, about 20' from the fuel tank fills. Worst case, we get diesel in the waste tank pump out.
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Old 01-02-2016, 04:25 PM   #37
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Fuel dock attendant usually hands me the hose. If they don't, I make sure I get it from them. I also make SURE and ask more than once "diesel, right?" My water tank fills are at the stern, and my diesel fills are near midship at least 20' away.

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Old 01-02-2016, 05:55 PM   #38
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............... My water tank fills are at the stern, and my diesel fills are near midship at least 20' away.

Ken
Mine are the reverse. You access the fuel inlets from the cockpit, the water inlets from the dock and/or through two open windows.
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Old 01-02-2016, 07:07 PM   #39
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My rule: leave filling tanks to the boat's master.
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:53 PM   #40
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Like my boat's setup. All water fills are in the bow with no side walkways to the stern. Fuel fills are on the stern bulkhead 3' above the deck. Waste is through the deck in the stern. Different keys for each. Greatest risk is fuel in the waste tank.

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