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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

If you can remove the tank to clean it, that works equally well. If you can remove the tank there are other ways to clean it, even without an inspection port. The problem is that often means moving engine controls, rudder cables, electrical, all the stuff that is installed over and around the tank, and then figuring out how to hump it out the lazarette, because the odds are there's only one way it can fit in or out of the boat. That can mean two people for two hours out, two more hours back in, at a certain point hiring a polishing company becomes more attractive.

But knowing the tank is as clean as it can be, and the engine as reliable as it can be, is a nice feeling.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

Some years ago, I got some bad fuel. I had to replace the filter all the time. I was not able to find a service to clean the fuel, so I put a hole in the top of my tank and cleaned it myself. I plugged the hole and everything is good. (except when the tank is full and I am sailing heeled over to port, then the plug leaks.) I only have a 20 gal tank. I would use a service in the future.
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Re: Fuel Cleaning Service - Yes or No?

I appreciate all the feedback.

I consulted several people, including the fuel cleaning service that I hired, my mechanic, and the mechanic in the yard (Nelson Anderson, highly respected in the area) and all advised to not install a inspection port if not needed. I figure, the boat is 30+ years old, I have never had any issues with the fuel before, so why fix what ain't broke and the possibility of creating an issue...so no inspection port installed.

I am glad I had them "polish" the tank and mostly glad I had all fuel removed, the fuel was not in good condition. I watched them do it and was satisfied with what I observed. They came in two days prior and added a shock treatment to "release" slug/algae growth and then came back and used a high pressure pump to circulate the fuel for about 90 minutes at something like 20 gallons a minute IIRCC. Ultimately through a 1 micron filter. As they removed fuel they used a "wand" to spray down the sides of the tank essentially.

Cost was $425, call me crazy, call me proactive...I don't really know, but I feel better about it. One compliant with PetroScrub, the guys didn't attach the wires back to the sending unit, no big deal, took me all of 30 seconds.

With the new Racor Fuel Conditioning and using ValvTect BioGuard™ PLUS 6 I don't foresee any issues either

BTW, it was advised by several not to over use the Biocides, sometimes we think more is better, not the case so I am told

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Shawn & the crew of S/V Windgeist

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