I’m new to posting
on the forum, but have certainly learned lots by lurking and reading other posts, so thanks!
I have enough mechanical experience to generally muddle through and figure out most maintenance
, but one area where I lack experience is in diesel storage
. We noticed a small amount of diesel
in the bilge
and traced it to the hydraulic hose connecting two of our tanks
. I need to replace this hose and would appreciate any insight. The specific questions I have are:
What type of hose is it? I’ve been unable to track down the material of the hose, I’m certainly open to using something different, but would like to have the current
material in the running as I make a selection. I believe it’s 5/8” I.D. and 1 1/16” O.D.
I’ve not been able to find the exact fitting, but the closest thing I can find requires a mandrel to install it on the new hose. Is this absolutely required (or can it just be done cautiously and if damaged is it detectable)? If so, is it the same as one used for the high-carbon steel
fittings that look similar?
Also, I plan to take the 2 smaller tanks
offline while we’re just sailing locally. Last season we used around 1/3 of our total capacity, this would make it closer to ½ if we do the same amount again this season. I plan to clean the tanks and use fogging oil
on the inside. Does this plan sound reasonable? And would this be a good choice for the gaskets on the inspection