Originally Posted by CarinaPDX
Yes, eBay has USB inspection cameras for about $20 IIRC. They are 3/8" diameter with various cable lengths ( mine is 15ft), and have LED lights to see in the dark (adjustable). I use mine with a tablet, my brother uses his with a phone or a laptop. Any camera app will do. The phone or tablet will need USB OTG.
Harbor Freight just ran a sale
on their handheld inspection cameras - screen
on the back of the handle, so no computer in the bilge
to see what you're doing. $69 or so - I don't have one, but might get it for other reasons; my fuel polisher has made it so that I have replaced my Racor
exactly once, that being well over 1000 hours from installation
, and that being by mistake, as it was an inadequately tightened fitting doing the stopping. My current Racor
has well over 1000 hours on it, too.
An advantage to my system was our wreck (see "I Learned About Sailing From That" about Feb/March 2007, here) which had 3-5000 impacts from 8-10 feet and diminishing, as the storm blew itself out, waves, over 3 days, at a 60° heel on a ~1/2 empty tank. It got all of whatever might have been on the walls loosened up.
We have 30 and 10 micron filters, about the same size as whole-house filters, but SS core
, wound, in SS cans, in series. Ran the polisher until the vac gauge showed one atmosphere, then changed the filters. LOTS of gunge.
Changed again when we got back to our yard after putting on enough fiberglass
to clean up the exterior damage, again lots of gunge, but not severe; because both our main and genoa
had blown out in the storm, our ride home was on either spinnaker
or small blown out staysail, and included lots of rock-and-roll to keep the junk in suspension. We could run the engine
, but not propulsion
, as our prop and shaft were bent. So, we ran the polisher any time there was R&R in that 5-day trip.
One more change several years later, and one again after our most recent refit
, 'just because'; I suspect that we're running on 2 micron fuel (the more you filter, particularly with a wound filter, the smaller the holes become). We run the polisher any time the engine's running (we don't have the massive difference in consumption
vs production, being a Perkins
4-154), and any time we're doing a lot of rock-and-roll.
So far so good, and everything, from the hyphenated commercial
supplier in ATL which name I can never remember when I'm doing this, was about $500.
If anyone wants to empty their old fuel (say, 3 or more years old) into jugs, out of fear that it's going to be a problem, I'm happy to take it off your hands and give you the jugs back, rather than your having to pay for disposal
Vero Beach, not that I'd expect anyone to do that, really, but I =did= do just that for a friend in St. Pete when we were doing our initial refit