Glad to see we can agree the water's in there anyway.
Most, if not all of the name brand conditioners that allow water to go through the system actually use the exact wording 'disperse water'. While this term may be scientificly incorrect in some university somewhere it has been accepted by most people who buy the stuff like it's going out of style to mean that the water some how goes away.
Emulsify - to break up into small pieces.
- To distribute (particles) evenly throughout a medium.
I'm really sorry if I exagerated the percentages. I currently only use about 500 gallons a day. On the water just one of our vessels used 50 gallons an hour 24 hours a day. By comparison what I use now is nothing.
If it were 5% this would mean we would have thousands of gallons of water in a short time. Actually it takes a little while for the water to build up to where you have a hundred gallons or so.
The point is we get water in there somehow.
Generally the bottom of the bulk tanks
are not to ever be used. If you get down past a couple of hundred gallons your going to have a major problem.
The average sailboat owner may fillup what? Once a year? The fact that they may not have water does not mean they will be as lucky next year.
The boats I have run had a small tank in the engine
room. The large tank gravity fed the small tank. The filters were fed fuel from the top of the small tank. The small tank would collect the water and bugs as they settled to the bottom. There was a drain at the bottom of this tank and it had to be drained on a regular basis. I collected all of this and pumped it off to our waste tank every time I came in.
Unfortunatly most boats probably do not have a waste tank available. This is a really bad thing because I'm sure that a lot of boats simply use what's commonly referred to as 'the midnight valve'.
Another reason why I want a sailboat.
Anyway, now my truck has a fuel conditioning module that does a great job and I just have to pull the drain handle once a week and drain the water.
I buy fuel at large truck stops for my truck and have not had a problem.