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Old 05-07-2009, 20:07   #16
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We used the Baja west marine version and based on what I found in it after several "fill ups" in less than 1st world places, I would always choose to use it and be safe.
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Old 06-07-2009, 21:21   #17
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I have filled up at fuel docks in the 3rd world with boats that we were travelling with for years.
They used a Baha filter, I didn’t.
I never had fuel flow problems, they did.
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I have filled up at fuel docks in the 3rd world with boats that we were travelling with for years.
They used a Baha filter, I didnít.
I never had fuel flow problems, they did.
Hey Mesq .... we already know you can "walk on water", now stop bragging about you can also prevent it from going into your fuel tank!
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Old 06-07-2009, 23:15   #19
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A lot of boats have fuel fill ports mounted flush on the deck. They frequently leak a little bit now and then.

The vent for the fuel tank can let some water in under certain conditions.

Condensation in temperate climates is another source of water.
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I have filled up at fuel docks in the 3rd world with boats that we were travelling with for years.
They used a Baha filter, I didnít.
I never had fuel flow problems, they did.
Are you suggesting that their use of a Baja filtre caused their fuel problems, or that your observations are statistically meaningless - describing mere chance?
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A new report also shows that Baja filters cause hair loss...which would explain a lot in my case! Seriously though Mesquaukee, what the heck were you trying to say? I think your point got filtered out somewhere along the way...
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It is a very good idea to only put good clean fuel in your tanks.
Unfortunately no matter how careful you are containments will find its way into your tanks.

You may have a colony of blue mould growing in the tank (the organism passes through a Baha filter). Adding biocide will kill it but then all the dead mould breaks off and can plug up the engines filters in minutes.
Water can get in from deck mounted fuel fill ports. They may not seal that tightly and leak a little bit during heavy rains or excessive healing, etc. Fuel tank vents mounted on an exterior surface during a heavy downpour can let water into the tank if the engine is running or if the is a change in pressures. Condensation is another factor, even in the tropics. Eventually you may collect a significant volume of water. During violent motions while motoring numerous large slugs of water can be drawn into the filter filling the bowl and then the engine.

What I am saying is do not rely on a Baha filter to prevent fuel problems. It is a comforting first step only.
Assume that water, blue mould and any other sort of garbage managed somehow to get into your tank. Design your fuel filtering system after the tank on that assumption.
You therefore want a fuel filtering system that can absorb sudden high loadings of crap and water which can occur during or after violent motions exactly when you need your engine the most.
Filtering fuel from one tank to the other does not pick up any of the crude on the bottom, it is only reassuring to do so.
You can quite easily periodically vacuum up any crude on the bottom of your tanks with an easily constructed cheap homemade device. It can be constructed of a rigid tube, flexible clear hose, drill powered pump, large filter, and some more flexible clear tubing. With this rig you can pick up most of the crude on the bottom.

I have spent years argueing this point with people who have fuel problems.
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No Baja yet but siphon fill.
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having witnessed first hand the dangers and flustrations of replacing fuel filters while sailing/cruising at sea under adverse circumstances,l i will always use the filters when purchasing my diesel, whether i place it into jerry jugs or into tank.; i also use a good biocide and have had no problem with my own fuel. there are many reasons for having gunk in the fuel -- is in your own tank or from the source of the new fuel. there are many ways to remove the gunk from your own tank---and ways to prevent that gunk from getting into your tank.....i choose to be cautious as regards my fuel---i dislike being stuck in an adverse current and cross wind with a stuck fuel filter......is not fun.....be smart--be safe--be cautious....there are reasons for maintaining clean fuel.....and those reasons are usually found in strange places under very unfriendly circumstances----have fun and safe sailing, wherever in th eworld you may be.......
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I have a baha filter that I would like to sell. It is the smaller of the two models. How about $100 plus $15 for shipping? I thought I'd use it cruising, but I'm not cruising, so I don't need it. Email me at cchung95@yahoo.com if anyone's interested.
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