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Re: Cleaning a fuel tank

Round covers (think of the heavy manhole covers in the street) cannot fall into the sewer system. Or in this case, a round inspection port cover cannot fall into the fuel tank. Any other shape CAN fall in and then get lost under the tank contents.
I just had my tank cleaned by the boat yard (using a high pressure polishing system). The OP should ask the yard where gets other work done, or a yard attached to his marina. The polishing system is generally just several LARGE racor type filters in parallel with a pump and hoses to allow them to pump the contents out of your tank, filter them and then pump the fuel back in. If you pump it back in under pressure you can use the high pressure spray to wash down the inside of the tank.
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Re: Cleaning a fuel tank

I just went through this asw ell. Ultimately a new tank from Moeller was within $20 of clean out fee. So I trashed the old and went new thinking the new tank would also be ethanol tolerant. I did have to modify tanks beds but not much. New tank, lines, filters and carb rebuild have my atomic 4 purring with no worries about residual tank gunk.
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Re: Cleaning a fuel tank

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About four years ago I installed an 8-inch inspection port into the top of my 20 gallon aluminum tank. I purchased it at Seabuilt - Access Plate Systems
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But at $171 each (and I need three) that's a bit rich for my blood! My local stainless shop quoted me $50 each for 3 custom covers, but I cheaped out and went for $10 plastic ones.... Not shiny, but they do keep the diesel in the tank and the dust out of it.

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Re: Cleaning a fuel tank

I agree with you about the cost of the access plate but the cost of doing something twice is just as much since time, in my opininon, is more expensive. Moreover, once my tank is back in place I do not have easy access to readily check on the integrity of a home made cover, especially if there is a potential fuel leak.
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But at $171 each (and I need three) that's a bit rich for my blood! My local stainless shop quoted me $50 each for 3 custom covers, but I cheaped out and went for $10 plastic ones.... Not shiny, but they do keep the diesel in the tank and the dust out of it.

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With my luck, I would find out the plastic ones are interacting with my diesel fuel at an extremely inappropriate time, $50/ea would be palatable instead of wishing I had not cheaped out when at sea.
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