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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

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I find those funnel filters to be an enormous pain in the rear. They say high flow rates, but I would hate to know what they compare it to. Spitting fuel on the deck as the flow from the diesel hose flows too fast. We have a 100 gal tank and will take on 70 gallons give or take when we top off. It would take forever.
Yeah, you whip one of those things out at any of the fuel docks that primarily serve the big sportfishers here in NJ, you definitely do so at your peril :-)

They're not as much of a PITA as the original Baja filters, however - those things were a ROYAL pain, painfully slow, and incredibly messy to clean up and stow...

I carry one aboard, but use it for filling from a pump, unless the fuel is really suspect. Main reason why, is my fuel whistle that prevents overflowing needs a certain rate of fill to work, and that's generally more important to me...

Still, they're very nice to have when filling from jerry cans... Worst fuel I've ever taken was from a gas station/truck stop in Varadero, Cuba... After dumping in about 2 cans worth, the filter mesh had become so clogged as to have virtually stopped the flow completely, I practically had to clear out the detritus with a spoon :-)

I wouldn't venture too far off the beaten path without one...

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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

Shopping around for the best fuel price is a duty as a consumer in a capitalistic system. I'll go out of my way to avoid paying too much for fuel (or bananas:-). There are a number of ways to search for the best fuel price.

Bahamas filters are also great for transferring and combining the dirty bottom fuel left in containers. I try to fill from containers whenever possible. Not only can you see what's going into the tank but you can avoid pouring in that last bit of muck/water that often shows up down at the bottom of the 5 gal. container.

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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

Clean prop, clean bottom helps to reduce cost in fuel as if we didn't know. I always if possible go for premium fuel on sailboat. Sail power.
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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

Originally Posted by Group9 View Post
You don't have to use one. Just get diesel from the pump, and carry lots of extra Racor filters.
Or buy a Baja filter.

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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

Originally Posted by aeventyr60 View Post
Or buy a Baja filter.
Yeah, or that.

I admit the people needed to buy 2000 gallons of diesel at a time have a lot bigger problem than people like me who buy 20-40 gallons at a time.

But, I can't believe anyone who has ever looked in the bottom of one of their jerry cans after filling it with diesel, isn't concerned about contaminants.

(I drained the integral tank on my center console (gasoline) the other day, and the last thing that came out of the tank was a dead roach, about an inch long).

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