Repairing Boats in 'Exotic?' Places
21 May 2022 | Shearwater BC
Cruising is all about repairing your boat in exotic places, as the saying goes! While working on the replacement of my diesel engine's fuel injectors, I had an ongoing conversation with another cruiser at the dock. I mentioned that we thought the ultimate cause was bad fuel and or rusting
forty year old fuel tanks. In the course of the conversation I mentioned that we had two other fuel tanks made of stainless steel that we didn't use because they weren't totally plumbed for use. A fuel tank needs a pick-up tube to supply the fuel from the tank to the engine. The engine uses
most of the fuel it accepts, but returns some unused fuel back to the tank. These two tanks don't have this return feature. The attraction to the stainless steel fuel tanks is that they are less than ten years old, and are in good shape in side. They wouldn't send any bad fuel to the engine.
So my next plan when in Prince Rupert is to seek out the hose, and creation of a return port in the inspection cover plate of the tank. Then we should be able to shift our use to the stainless steel fuel tanks. Although leaving out some details, this was an ah-hah moment! It's wonderful to
have other boaters helping boaters!