Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 20-10-2013, 15:28   #31
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Usually South Florida these days
Posts: 825
Re: What to do with diesel in the tank over Winter?

Originally Posted by delmarrey View Post
USCG reg's no longer allow valves at the bottom of fuel tanks now. A hard plug yes, but nothing that can be opened accidentally. All feeders and returns have to be in the top.
How about if you have a valve on the bottom of the tank with a hard plug in the outside end of the valve?

That aside, if the fuel is suspected of being very old but still runs the motor OK, I would pump it out & find some trucker to take it off my hands for 2/3 of the going fuel price in the area. I can almost guarantee that you would find a taker for that deal at any truck stop you might try.

After that, I would inspect the tank, clean if needed & refill with fresh fuel.

If you find that your normal 6-months fuel usage is far less than 1 tank full, you may want to consider installing a smaller tank.

pbiJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-10-2013, 16:06   #32
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Orleans
Boat: We have a problem... A serious addiction issue.
Posts: 3,221
Re: What to do with diesel in the tank over Winter?

A lot of good advice here, so I will avoid beating a dead horse...

In the future, I would really recommend installing a small (<5 gallon) fuel tank. And keeping the large one empty unless you know you will be using a lot of fuel for a particular trip. This allows you to keep a relatively modest amount of fuel onboard for normal operation, and only need to fill up the big tank when absolutely needed.

This way you ensure that the fuel onboard is fresh, the big tank can be kept very clean, and since the small tank can be kept pressed (topped off) that condensation is minimized. I installed a tank like this on my Beneteau, and for a cost of about $100 it has been well worth it. I now fill up every two months of so instead of every two years. And my big tank is absolutely clean, dry, and free of bugs.


- If animals weren't meant to be eaten then they wouldn't be made of food.
Stumble is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:13.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.