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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.

3 comments:

Bill K said...

You might want to check the opening of those ball valves, I believe they may only be 1".

In my opinion this would make filling the tanks slow.

Bill Kelleher

robert said...

Good point Bill. In fact I looked when I had the valves in the vise and was actuating the lever. They are pretty much "full flow". I really like these valves as not only the ball, but the handle is stainless. The few ball valves on our small boat have plain steel handles that all but corroded away.

Bill K said...

Glad to hear that you checked. :))

I am sure glad I boat on fresh water. ( Lake Erie )

Bill Kelleher