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Old 12-06-2012, 01:59 PM   #41
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This looks really like a cool thing. Did you install it?

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Old 12-06-2012, 02:14 PM   #42
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But not convenient!
Mark: How did you calibrate your various tanks with the Tank Tender? When we installed ours, we calibrated them 5 gallons at a time and have a chart in the log book. I can pretty much tell now just by looking. I do like the Tank Tender system.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #43
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This looks really like a cool thing. Did you install it?
No, the builder did.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:40 PM   #44
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Mark: How did you calibrate your various tanks with the Tank Tender? When we installed ours, we calibrated them 5 gallons at a time and have a chart in the log book. I can pretty much tell now just by looking. I do like the Tank Tender system.
The fuel tanks are all the same volume/configuration and the water tanks are equal too. As I recall, each inch for the fuel represents about 3 gallons, and 4 gallons for the water. I merely filled the tanks full and took the inch readings (gallons divided by inches). Seems to have worked out OK/good enough.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #45
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The fuel tanks are all the same volume/configuration and the water tanks are equal too. As I recall, each inch for the fuel represents about 3 gallons, and 4 gallons for the water. I merely filled the tanks full and took the inch readings (gallons divided by inches). Seems to have worked out OK/good enough.
so, when your boat is at rest in its slip the tank is perfectly level and of rectangular configuration correct?
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:37 PM   #46
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....but that just me... ...with my thousands of hours of professional water time...but I know that's meaningless to many here....
It's meaningless to me because I have worked with people who have been doing things wrong over and over again for many years. "It's the way I've always done it." is their response to my question. I remember a "boss" once telling me he had been in the field since before I was "shitting yellow". That was when I wanted to make a repair the correct way and he wanted to do it "half assed". I did it my (the correct) way.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #47
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cheap insurance to use the correct part for the job. Thanks for the link, I never thought of mcmasters carr i always end up at grainger
I can't take credit for McMasters Carr, Shoalwaters suggested it above. I just found the compatibility chart on their website. I use to have their paper catalog when I worked. It weighed a ton!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:11 PM   #48
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It's meaningless to me because I have worked with people who have been doing things wrong over and over again for many years. "It's the way I've always done it." is their response to my question. I remember a "boss" once telling me he had been in the field since before I was "shitting yellow". That was when I wanted to make a repair the correct way and he wanted to do it "half assed". I did it my (the correct) way.

Experience counts, but only if one learns from that experience and supplements that experience with other sources of information.
yep, used to go fishing with a guy that had a little merc outboard. the first time we went with that engine he fired it up on the ramp while out of the water and i said, hey Allen dont do that youll burn up your water pump. His answer was, yes i know but i only do it for a second just to make sure it will run. later i asked him how he liked the merc. He said it ran perfect but that he could never seem to get more then three or four trips out of it before he had to take it to the dealer to replace the water pump........
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:14 PM   #49
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Hey, that tug is gettin way too fancy.......
"Tug"?
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:40 PM   #50
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"Tug"?
was i mistaken? I thought the pix of the tank minder was from the carquenez coot whom i believe has a tug.
If i am i apolojize. I mean to call a searay a tug might be considered an insult or to call a trawler a tug, same thing. All boats are great no mater what their ethnic background
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Greetings,
Mr. 4445. I've been using purpose designated sticks to dip tanks for years. I've never been concerned with fuel contamination and in the greater scheme of things, I think the minuscule amount of potential contamination is of little consequence.
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...if it gets past a 2 micron filter, who cares?
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The other nice thing about using a dipstick to sound the tanks is that you can slightly hollow the end of it and put some Kolor-Kut on it and check for water.
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If I was worried about contamination from a dip stick I would never check my oil...
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Gas stations use a dip stick to check their tanks.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:39 PM   #56
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Greetings,
Mr. 4445. I've been using purpose designated sticks to dip tanks for years. I've never been concerned with fuel contamination and in the greater scheme of things, I think the minuscule amount of potential contamination is of little consequence.
RT, i have used them for over 25 years myself but i prefer not to. There is nothing wrong with the practice, its been done since the beginning. This is 2012 and even with the latest and greatest modern technology sticking a tank is still used as a backup
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"Tug"?
A contributor to this forum (not me) coined the term "sail tug" to describe my boat. Regardless, naval architect George Buehler described the Coot as a "... trawler yacht ... designed and built along real workboat ideas."
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so, when your boat is at rest in its slip the tank is perfectly level and of rectangular configuration correct?
As I said: "Seems to have worked out OK/good enough."
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