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thanks...I have installed one...see post above
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

Shawn,
If you already have a polisher, why pay for the service, too?
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

Shawn, I have used Dr Fuel Clean ( Dr. Fuel Clean - The Cure for Diesel Engines ) on a few boats (but not mine) and they did a decent job for a decent price. Basically high pressure pumps through filters until they are not clogging, but I had 1 instance where they said the fuel was not salvageable and they carted the fuel off the dock. I'll find out if the tanks on that one are clean in a few weeks once the season returns.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

Perhaps a silly question; but what *is* "fuel polishing"?
I could guess; but a proper definition is much better than a shot-in-the-dark.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

I believe it it being used in the sense of "refining" or "improving", rather than "shining". Otherwise, I just wasted $250 for shiny diesel fuel.
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If you already have a polisher, why pay for the service, too?
I suppose I am trying to be extra prudent with a new engine. I little extra $$$ now, may save me $$$$$$$ down the road. who really knows, the whole thing may just be a scam
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Has anyone used Clean Fuels out of Annapolis?
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

Yes get it done and yes cut a hole in the tank if you want it done right.

Basic fuel polishing will only clean the dead algae in the fuel, you actually need to clean the tank walls also.

Its the live algae that will die that keeps coming back again and again. Once you do this keep your tank topped off and add Biobor every time you refuel.

This whole process is way less expensive than the filters you will be constantly replacing. You can also do this yourself by pulling the fuel and dumping it, cut a 6" minimum hole and wipe the whole tank clean, you will be surprised how disgusting it is. When you are done make a gasket and tap holes for your new port and your done.

One tip, if you use liquid gasket instead of a proper gasket the sealant might drop into tank in little beads from each screw hole and clog your filter but that's a one time deal.

Why go this far and not finish the job right? Sailboats are simple creatures if you let them be. Good Luck and congrats on the new engine, I can only imagine.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

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Yes get it done and yes cut a hole in the tank if you want it done right.

Basic fuel polishing will only clean the dead algae in the fuel, you actually need to clean the tank walls also.

Its the live algae that will die that keeps coming back again and again. Once you do this keep your tank topped off and add Biobor every time you refuel.

This whole process is way less expensive than the filters you will be constantly replacing. You can also do this yourself by pulling the fuel and dumping it, cut a 6" minimum hole and wipe the whole tank clean, you will be surprised how disgusting it is. When you are done make a gasket and tap holes for your new port and your done.

One tip, if you use liquid gasket instead of a proper gasket the sealant might drop into tank in little beads from each screw hole and clog your filter but that's a one time deal.

Why go this far and not finish the job right? Sailboats are simple creatures if you let them be. Good Luck and congrats on the new engine, I can only imagine.
I agree, I don't see that an access port is going to cause leaks. First of all it is on the top and will only have any fuel contact when healed over and only when a very full tank. Many boats have access ports. Now depending on the baffles are set up you may need more than one.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

If you can't get into the tank and physically scrub out the tank then I think you are wasting your money. The black grunge on the bottom and side of the tanks needs to be wiped out. Add the inspection port, pump out the fuel your self. I've been through the process several times. I think most folks are really in denial about what's lurking in the fuel tank. I get around 350 hours out of a racor 500 series filter on my clean tanks.
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