Please understand that there is no LAW which prevents us privately operated small vessel owners from installing an electric fuel pump
wherever we desire.
ABYC does not make RULES they make recommendations which are not legally binding on anyone. Similarly Canadian standards of construction are not legally binding on us small vessel owners. To be sure an insurance
company may require compliance with such recommendations or standards yet some exceptions may apply even then.
If a Racor
(or any other brand that I have seen) will not take 10psi of positive pressure without leaking there is something wrong with it! The electric
pumps that we use only put out 3-4 (maybe 6 at the highest) psi!
If an electric fuel pump
fails due to dirt contamination it will STILL allow "pull-through" by the normally used engine fuel
pump and will not cause failure of normally operation.
For decades many autos have almost integral electric fuel
pumps built close to the fuel tanks
many "hose-feet" away from the engine
. They obviously do not adhere to the heretofore quoted standards for a reason. The safety
issue is that those of us who use electric fuel pumps on our boats for purging or as a "get-home" option are using them manually and intermittently not as a design for continuous operation. Lets get real on this issue.
A good installation
will be safe....make it so!