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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Fuel Fill Plumbing is IN!

The fuel fill plumbing is in. Well dry-fitted at least. This is the plumbing that leads from the deck fill to the main fuel tanks As there are three tanks, a manifold is required to distribute the main input to each of the tanks. For this installation, I elected to include valves to isolate any one of the fuel tanks. The fittings are 1 1/2" inch NPT bronze pipe fittings and the valves are bronze/stainless ball valves. Included is a Vetus Splash Stop device that helps catch any overflow fuel and redirects it to the tanks, instead of overboard via the deck over your precious deck finish.

The fact is I had all the parts for completing this project two months ago, except for ONE PART, which finally came in last week. Specifically, the bronze 1 1/2" NPT "cross" pipe fitting for the distribution manifold, which, of course, everything joins to.

This is only a "dry fit" to determine where the hose runs will be. They will be concealed by galley and dinette cabinetry. The valves in the distribution manifold will be accessible via a cabinet behind the companionway stairs. Ultimately, the hoses will be double clamped.

Already I have detected an "oops". See that short near horizontal hose run from the deckfill? That's not good. In fact it is unnecessary. All due to the fact of where I spotted the deckfill. I should have put the deckfill closer to the "left" bulkhead. Not sure what I was thinking when installed that deckfill. Maybe I thought the hose would bend enough (it won't. It is double wire reinforced hose). I have decided to relocate it closer to the left bulkhead, ...on the next dry weekend.
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