Originally Posted by mestrezat
Since I started this thread, how important is it to filter the diesel coming into the boat when i buy it from a marina in the US? The one I'm in now does a lot of work
with the fishing
fleet so they have a rapid turn around on fuel. I can understand the filtering in less "civilized" areas but wouldn't fuel bought in the US be OK? If what we get is filtered (Baja Filter) as it comes into the boat, would that make it less necessary to change the diesel filters on the engine?
I got a Mr. Funnel filter which is the same as the West Marine
one. I don't intend to cut back on the diesel filter change schedule. I look at using the funnel as cutting the probability of having a fuel issue down.
A few years back we had an issue with our tractor, filters were full of water
and literally froze to bursting in winter
. When our fuel supplier dipped our tank with water detecting paste on a stick they found about 10% water in a 200 gallon fuel tank
. Our supplier is very high volume, supplies lots of farms and several transport companies, but they got a railcar of fuel that had a lid open on it and wasn't noticed. I tell this story just because weird stuff can happen even to the best of suppliers. The funnel is just supplemental insurance
in my view.