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Old 10-22-2019, 02:01 AM   #1
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Diesel transfer pump?

Asking for recommendation for a moderate sized/volume /cost diesel transfer pump. Vessel is a Willard 36 with saddle tanks, 200g per side. Perkins 4.236 (75 hp) with 3/8" fuel lines. Not looking for a gold-plated solution here, just a solid transfer pump (yes, will put a fuel filter inline for basic polishing, but not valved for use underway and not a hi-volume polishing system).

Thoughts? Model of pump and possibly a source would be particularly helpful

Thanks in advsnce

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Old 10-22-2019, 05:53 AM   #2
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Changed our pump in 2018, purchased from Hodges Marine:
https://www.hodgesmarine.com/searchr...0-1000&Submit=
Jabsco, 18680-1000

We also have 2 each, 200 gallon tanks.

You may want to consider a timer in the circuit. Pump too much, out the vent line fuel could go!
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:47 AM   #3
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This should work. Not too fast but steady.


I agree with adding in a timer.


https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Self...language=en_US
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:30 AM   #4
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Iíve got a pretty simple transfer set up. It has a 900 Racor inline with pump plumbed to three tanks. The fill hose is loose with a quick disconnect so I can roll it up and drain it when finished. The switch just has a couple of alligator clips that I attach to the generator battery. I think the pump is 90 gph. Iíll check the brand and model# next time out.

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I used this Walbro pump. Great reliability and doesn't draw too much power.


https://www.walbro.com/fr-series-fue...ing-fuel-pump/
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I have a Reverso OP-7 as a diesel fuel transfer pump and the pump to prime my filters when I do filter changes. 12 VDC and it works awesome on the manifold I have.
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I used this Walbro pump. Great reliability and doesn't draw too much power.

https://www.walbro.com/fr-series-fue...ing-fuel-pump/
This is a little closer to what I was thinking, though the throughput is 0.75 gpm vs ~5 gpm on the Groco/Jabsco. As part of my refit, I am replacing two 200g steel saddle tanks with four 100g fiberglass tanks; and am re-doing the entire fuel delivery system to include sight gauges and valves to direct intake/return flow (Groco makes a really nice 4-way valve that greatly reduces the valve complexity). Also added inspection ports.

Follow-on question: Has anyone used a Toilet Paper bypass filter? I do not have room for a Gulf Coast Filter or Racor 900 for polishing, but considering a TP Frantz filter - thoughts?

As an aside, many thanks for the input. I'm pretty knowledgeable about a lot of boat stuff, but it's really helpful to bounce ideas off others. I've gotten some great input on TF - Sincerely appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:05 PM   #8
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If you plan on filtration (as many of us do) then keep in mind that even a Racor 1000 is only rated at 180 GPH.
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Years ago when I traveled through Central America to Venezuela and needed extra range I set up three 55 gallon plastic drums on my cockpit deck. To transfer fuel when needed I put together a home made system using a pump (forget which type), the necessary hoses etc, powered by a battery and that worked super fine. No special filtration. Was a one time thing and never had to use them again.
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On eBay you can find diesel transfer pumps for $20 on up moving 1-10 gpm.


ditto on the timer. I did have a fuel spill in the past by forgetting the switch. Today the fines are expensive.
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We will have one of these onboard with a Baldwin B10 filter attached when travelling to remote areas
Pumps 2400 litres/hour



https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TEXOIL-2...edirect=mobile

12v variant here
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TEXOIL-1...edirect=mobile

Can easily take off the nozzle and just use the pump.
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