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Old 10-08-2019, 06:45   #1
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Diesel day tank vs Cutting up my sole/tank

Opinions plz ....

I can either -

A) install a 10, 20 or maybe 30 gal diesel day tank (plumbed with a Racor 500 in-line from the main/original/crud filled tank) to ensure clean fuel to the Yanmar 4JH4-TE.

...or...

B) cut a 10”x29” hole in my cabin sole, cut 2-3 6” holes in the top of the molded in, 32 year old fiberglass fuel tank, pump out/polish 80-90 gal of fuel, store it dockside, manually clean out the crud as best I can, fashion/install tank access port covers, and pump the clean fuel back into a ‘cleaner’ tank.

What’s the better course of action and why?

Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:50   #2
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Opinions plz ....

I can either -

A) install a 10, 20 or maybe 30 gal diesel day tank (plumbed with a Racor 500 in-line from the main/original/crud filled tank) to ensure clean fuel to the Yanmar 4JH4-TE.

...or...

B) cut a 10”x29” hole in my cabin sole, cut 2-3 6” holes in the top of the molded in, 32 year old fiberglass fuel tank, pump out/polish 80-90 gal of fuel, store it dockside, manually clean out the crud as best I can, fashion/install tank access port covers, and pump the clean fuel back into a ‘cleaner’ tank.

What’s the better course of action and why?

Thanks!
Both.

Then you have a day tank to which you can pump carefully polished fuel at need from the nicely cleaned original tank.
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Re: Diesel day tank vs Cutting up my sole/tank

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What’s the better course of action and why?

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