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Fuel Gauges

Do most of you dip the tank or do you have fuel gauges? I'm thinking of adding 2 gauges, just seems a more civilized way of doing things.
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Hello,

My last boat had a guage. It worked for the first year and a half, then it stopped. I didn't bother to replace it. I use so little diesel that it wasn't worth it. I filled the boat at the end of the year, and then again in the middle of the year.

My current boat has a gauge. It was full when I bought it. I added diesel in May, I will add some more in August, then fill it before haul out in November. I sail a lot, but don't motor that much. The gauge is sort of useless in that I don't need it.

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Tank Tenders work...standard fuel guages fail.
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Might want to go with something like the Tank Tender. It allows you to monitor several tanks, up to ten IIRC, from a single control panel.
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What about averaging how much fuel you burn per hour? After several fill ups I have determined that the boat burns on average, at 2200 rpms, 1.7 gallons an hour. Does anyone else use this method, as my fuel gage is pretty inaccurate?
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T37... I do the same thing BUT I always lose track of how many hours have passed between fill ups! (g)
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I don't motor often enough for my faulty memory to remember what the count was at... so, I prefer to have a fuel gauge...
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This might sound like a silly idea...but I actually write down the engine hrs when I fill up each time

BTW...is'nt it good practice to keep your fuel tanks full so not to chance condensation?
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Cam, why specifically do you like Tank Tenders? I have two 50 gallon keel tanks, a SS holding tank I'm going to convert to a "polished" day tank (no jokes please, the thing's 40 gallons immediately beneath the engine...I'd be foolish not to use it), a plastic 40 gallon holding tank and two 100 gallon water tanks.

How would one meter measure the contents of all those tanks? (The poop tank I will only use in harbours, naturally...)
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