Author Topic: Fuel tank cleaning & fuel polishing  (Read 54 times)

Matthew Balch

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Fuel tank cleaning & fuel polishing
« on: October 28, 2020, 07:36:59 pm »
Not too long ago, I came back from a 7 day cruise in the Keys on the oceanside. While returning home we were passed by a huge powerboat in the channel. The wake rolled my boat around and stirred up all the sediment in the bottom of my tanks.
Sailed into a port and blew out the fuel tank pickups the next day with the air pump from the dinghy.  The fuel was clean otherwise, and the dual Racors
 were also clean.  The clog was in the fuel pickups.
Afterwards, I hired a tank and fuel polishing service to do the job.  Since they used clear pipes, I was able to see the amount of gunk and asphaltines they cleaned off the sides and bottoms of the fuel tanks.
Now I can rest assured this won't happen again for a number of years.
Happy cruising!