Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-21-2014, 01:52 PM   #1
Guru
 
angus99's Avatar
 
City: Signal Mtn., TN
Country: US
Vessel Name: Stella Maris
Vessel Model: Defever 44
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,389
Mobile Tank Cleaning Service

Looking for satisfied customers in the northern Chesapeake/Delaware Bay Area. (Boat is on the hard in Delaware City.) Our tanks don't leak, but they're 27 years old and I want them off my worry list. I'd like a company that can remove any sludge, clean and examine the tank bottoms and, if necessary, coat them with a fuel-resistant sealer. Thnx.
__________________
Advertisement

angus99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
City: Baltimore
Country: us
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 305
I used these guys. Advanced Tank & Fuel Management – Fuel Service | Baltimore, MD

They are Baltimore based but i know they work in DE too. Prompt, good price, didn't make a mess. Id use them again.

I am not sure if they do tank coating or not.
__________________

eseyoung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2014, 07:53 AM   #3
Guru
 
angus99's Avatar
 
City: Signal Mtn., TN
Country: US
Vessel Name: Stella Maris
Vessel Model: Defever 44
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,389
Thanks, Eric. I'll check them out.

Let me know how the search is going.
angus99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2014, 08:21 AM   #4
FF
Guru
 
FF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 16,537
Most fuel tanks are not built to be serviced .

To do a proper job each section between baffles would need an inspection port , that can be used for hand access.

Inspection ports are now an aftermarket item that can be installed as required.

For a keeper boat , it would probably be worth while to scrap the existing fuel box and have built a proper marine fuel tank with a serviceable sump.

Second choice might be a large fuel line (so it wont easily clog with fuel debris) and a centrifugal fuel cleaner like an alfalaval.

Most common is to install a fuel polishing system which will clean the fuel, but does nothing for the tank crud.

A pair of switchable filters , with a case of elements does well in most inshore cruising.

Most folks cant be bothered and will have a service simply pump the fuel thru a filter with the return under good pressure to perhaps break some of the tank crud loose.
FF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2014, 08:46 AM   #5
Guru
 
angus99's Avatar
 
City: Signal Mtn., TN
Country: US
Vessel Name: Stella Maris
Vessel Model: Defever 44
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,389
Appreciate it, Fred. I assume the baffles in most saddle tanks are oriented athwartship so that adding new inspection ports would allow viewing of the cavities between baffles?
angus99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2014, 07:33 AM   #6
FF
Guru
 
FF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 16,537
>I assume the baffles in most saddle tanks are oriented athwartship so that adding new inspection ports would allow viewing of the cavities between baffles?<

Usually so , Depending on how the tank was built , sometimes the baffles (if installed) will have rivets that help hold the baffle when pitching.

Sometimes the weld shrinkage can be spotted from outside.

I would check as well as you can , including borrowing a camera to find the baffle and cut the first inspection port in a clear area..

Although it is a PIA , I have known folks that chemically cleaned the tank.

Remove all fuel, add 20 gal industrial cleaner let it sit then add water , blow air in to raise the level of cleaning ,
finally pump all the crud .

A water rinse with a pump out and hopefully you are done.

This was done by a looper , so rough water clean is a maybe , but it worked just fine for him.

No filter changes underway , 6000 miles!
__________________

FF is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012