Hoping to get some opinions from some of the experts here.
I am a little skeptical of my diesel fuel tank
setup. My auxiliary diesel
is supplied by a gravity fed tank which is mounted under the starboard cockpit
locker slightly above my diesel engine
. There is a shutoff valve at the bottom of the tank with a short length of hose that connects to a "T". From the other side of the "T" the hose goes uphill to my primary filter then back down to the engine
pump, secondary filter and so on. From the the top of the "T" there is a clear hose that extends just above the height of the tank into the starboard cockpit
locker and is fitted with a brass barbed nipple. The clear tube serves as a sight gauge and also as a vent I assume. The fuel
return line comes from the aft end of the fuel
injectors and connects to a a copper pipe connected to the top of the fuel tank
. I have several questions regarding the setup.
First, is this gravity fed system a good idea or should change it?
Second, I am very skeptical of the sight gauge/vent line or whatever it is. It can and does leak fuel when I am on a starboard tack. I like the convenience of the sight gauge but will gladly toss it if it is a bad idea to have. Also could it be modified and how?
What is the "standard way" to setup this system?