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Pitts 23-07-2017 07:55

Fuel tank sensor and dial - non linear?
 
My old Swanson doesn't have a fuel gauge, unless you call the wooden stick a gauge. My diesel fuel tank is under the stern quarter Berth and shaped to the hull. What sort of electronic gauge could I get that would come close to indicating real fuel in tank as opposed to a linear gauge with float registering a falling level but not accounting for the hull shape?
Thanks in advance for your responses
Pitts

sstuller 24-07-2017 02:16

Re: Fuel tank sensor and dial - non linear?
 
Use your dip stick as a fuel gauge. As an example, if you had a 20 gallon tank assuming it is empty, add five gallons at a time. Then mark the dipstick for every 5 gallons you add. A dipstick is still the most reliable fuel gauge on the planet.

bletso 24-07-2017 03:26

Re: Fuel tank sensor and dial - non linear?
 
Tank Tender. Hart Systems - Home

I used a dip stick as well, but I had to lift a cabin sole to gain access. Now I can monitor my fuel and water tanks from the same device. A bit pricey, but very accurate. It was also very easy to install requiring no electrics!

Pitts 24-07-2017 16:22

Re: Fuel tank sensor and dial - non linear?
 
Thanks Sstuller and Bletso but what device did you use?

sstuller 25-07-2017 01:09

Re: Fuel tank sensor and dial - non linear?
 
I've always used a wooden dowel. They are available in various diameters and lengths for a couple of dollars at your local hardware or home improvement store. Thanks.

Pitts 25-07-2017 07:02

Re: Fuel tank sensor and dial - non linear?
 
The Hart system looks clever, but you're right, a tad pricey, particularly if you have 5 tanks.

Stu Jackson 25-07-2017 07:04

Re: Fuel tank sensor and dial - non linear?
 
1. Determine your engine's fuel consumption.

2. Use your hour meter to determine remaining fuel.


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