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checking fuel level

I''m curious. If, like myself, you don''t have a fuel gauge, how to do you check how much fuel you have in your tank?

Flashlight? Dipstick?
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Graduated Dipstick. Not elegant or convenient, but very reliable.
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A dipstick is one simple method IF you have access (above, for the length of the stick) to the tank AND IF you calibrate the stick (since most tanks are not uniform in shape).

If you can, empty (or nearly so) the tank, e.g. first by using the boat and then by removing the rest, filtering it and placing it in jugs. Then begin adding it back in and, every 5 gals or so, notching the stick where the fuel level is found. I''d also recommend you do the first few notches (when the tank is emptiest) in small gradations, as its when the tank has very little in it that you want the level to be most accurate.

Jack
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checking fuel level

My fuel tank is under my quarter berth, which is inaccessible much of the time since I use it for storage. In addition the only opening is for the sending unit and if it isn''t well sealed, I tend to get fuel leaking into my bilge that I have to clean up. My fuel gauge has earned my undying mistrust due to its erraticly functioning nature, so my next step is to install a small day tank that I can pump a few gallons from the main tank and it will give me a chance to add an extra filter that is more accessible than the ones I have now.

My engine burns one gallon every four hours so a two or three gallon day tank works for me. For people with the more sensible under the settee fuel tank location I would go with the dipstick.

Ken
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