Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-06-2016, 17:40   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Boat: Tashiba-31
Posts: 193
Images: 1
Fuel Guage Rod

My Tashiba-31 has a fuel tank with a dip stick to show fuel level. The dip stick is bare metal and it's very hard to actually see the fuel level. Any suggestions - short of installing a fuel gauge?
__________________

__________________
dmksails is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2016, 17:46   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 10,650
Send a message via Skype™ to Jim Cate
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

I made dip sticks for my tanks out of bare 5/16 inch dowel. You could do so as well, transferring the marks from the metal one for calibration. This is easier to read than metal rod. Another dodge I've not tried, but that sounds ok: dip the rod, then hold it against a clean paper towel. The level will be apparent.

jim
__________________

__________________
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Aquatic Paradise Qld for a while.
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2016, 17:47   #3
Registered User
 
Fiveslide's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Boat: JBW club 420, MFG Bandit, Snark
Posts: 544
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

I'm not familiar with your boat or its tank locations, but could a sight glass work for you? Is there access to the side of the tank?

Sent from my XT1080 using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
Fiveslide is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2016, 18:50   #4
Sponsoring Vendor
 
HopCar's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Miami Florida
Boat: Ellis Flybridge 28
Posts: 3,049
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

Like Jim, I find wood makes the best dip stick.
There is a product that a lot of people don't know about. It's a paste that you can put on dip sticks and if there is water in the tank, the paste turns bright red. It's called water finding paste.
Kolor Kut Water Finding Paste
__________________
Hopkins-Carter Marine Supplies & Fishing Tackle
What You Need, at the Price You Want...with Service!
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2016, 19:19   #5
Registered User
 
Mike OReilly's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Good question
Boat: Rafiki 37
Posts: 3,707
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

Wood dowel here. Pretty easy to read.
__________________
Why go fast, when you can go slow.
Mike OReilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2016, 20:25   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Long Beach, CA
Boat: Tayana Vancouver 42
Posts: 1,810
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

Wood dowel here too. Simple, cheap and effective.


S/V B'Shert
__________________
Tayana42 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2016, 04:48   #7
Senior Cruiser
 
bletso's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Louisville, KY
Boat: Globe, cutter/ketch,38
Posts: 504
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

Did away with the dip sticks and installed a Tank Tender. Love it as I can monitor my two water tanks and fuel tank with one unit and no power required, (other than my finger). My tanks required me to lift the cabin ladder, and remove a floor board to gain access to the dip sticks. As I monitor them daily, that was a pain. It was also easy to install. I must warn you thought that it is a bit dear on pricing.
__________________
www.sailboatvigah.com Boats don't like being neglected, but then neither do significant others!
bletso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2016, 14:10   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Boat: Tashiba-31
Posts: 193
Images: 1
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

Ok, as suggested, I got myself a wood dowel that fits in the tank. It does a great job of showing the fuel level. Only problem is that now I have a wood dowel that smells of diesel and it's smelling up the cabin. Even after whipping the dowel immediately after use it still smells of diesel for days.

How do you keep the rod from smelling? Do you seal the dowel to prevent it absorbing the fuel?
__________________
dmksails is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2016, 14:16   #9
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 15,542
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

I'm not so sensitive to smell, but another way is to use a clear plastic tube, stick it in, put your finger over the top before you withdraw it and of course the level of fuel is easy to see in the tube, and you can clean all the diesel off of a plastic tube, probably have to spray some cleaner inside to get it perfectly clean though.

It's what we do with aircraft, just be darn sure your tube it too long to fall completely in the tank if you drop it, cause one day you will.


Sent from my iPad Pro using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
a64pilot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2016, 14:20   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Long Beach, CA
Boat: Tayana Vancouver 42
Posts: 1,810
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

Right after use I wipe the dowel carefully with an oil absorbing pad. That takes up most of the odor.


S/V B'Shert
__________________
Tayana42 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2016, 14:28   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,157
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

I varnished the wooden dowel, so that the diesel doesn't soak into it. So I just wipe the stick with a paper towel, and the smell is minimal.
__________________
Bristol 31.1, SF Bay.
MarkSF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2016, 15:45   #12
Sponsoring Vendor
 
HopCar's Avatar

Community Sponsor
Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2011
Location: Miami Florida
Boat: Ellis Flybridge 28
Posts: 3,049
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

You could store the stick in a length of PVC pipe with a cap glued on one end and a cap not glued on the other.
__________________
Hopkins-Carter Marine Supplies & Fishing Tackle
What You Need, at the Price You Want...with Service!
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2016, 15:48   #13
Senior Cruiser
 
Sailmonkey's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Houston
Boat: '76 Allied Seawind II, 32'
Posts: 5,325
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

Quote:
Originally Posted by HopCar View Post
You could store the stick in a length of PVC pipe with a cap glued on one end and a cap not glued on the other.

That's the winner!!!!


Sent from my iPhone using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
Sailmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2016, 16:13   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2008
Boat: Custom cutter, 42'
Posts: 346
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

To make a metal dip stick work you need to give it a rough surface. Sand it with the coarsest sand paper you can find - 36 grit or so is good. This will increase visibility a lot.

You don't mention what you use to access the tank with your dipstick. If you can mount the dipstick in the cap which seals your tank access then it will be stored in the tank and you will have no odor or storage issues.
__________________
Pauls is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 17-09-2016, 04:32   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Southern Chesapeake Bay
Boat: Norseman 430, Jabberwock
Posts: 677
Re: Fuel Guage Rod

You could drill a series of holes in the dipstick.
__________________

__________________
ggray is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fuel

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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fuel guage very optimistic ben373 Engines and Propulsion Systems 2 19-02-2013 10:34
Fuel Line Vacuum Guage lorenzo b Engines and Propulsion Systems 18 01-02-2012 02:54
Hydrostatic (kluge) tank level guage Pleiades Engines and Propulsion Systems 5 02-06-2007 22:46
Holding tank level guage source GreatKetch Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 8 29-04-2007 12:51
water tank guage bottleinamessage Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 3 10-04-2007 07:24


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- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:59.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.