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Old 29 February 2012, 06:25   #1
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Fuel switchover for 2 tanks...

In my quest to rebuild my boat again what are other 'ribbers' using as a switchover for a 2 tank system?

I currently use a 2 way valve similar to this

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Are there any better systems available?

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Old 29 February 2012, 07:01   #2
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In my quest to rebuild my boat again what are other 'ribbers' using as a switchover for a 2 tank system?

I currently use a 2 way valve similar to this

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Are there any better systems available?

thanks
Hi, I had one of those on my last rib and it was a pita remembering which way to turn the tap as it just spins right round also by the time it takes to get under the seat and turn the tap it's not much quicker than switching the fuel line onto the other tank, which is all I do on my present rib.
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Hi, I had one of those on my last rib and it was a pita remembering which way to turn the tap as it just spins right round also by the time it takes to get under the seat and turn the tap it's not much quicker than switching the fuel line onto the other tank, which is all I do on my present rib.
I know exactly what you mean! thats why I was looking for any other alternatives.
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I know exactly what you mean! thats why I was looking for any other alternatives.
Not sure if your jockey console is screwed down or glassed in, if the former you could unscrew and fit a larger 80/90ltr tank in there or if it can be done, but more expensive, go for an underfloor tank.
Those options might be more practical for a 6mtr + rib.
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Not sure if your jockey console is screwed down or glassed in, if the former you could unscrew and fit a larger 80/90ltr tank in there or if it can be done, but more expensive, go for an underfloor tank.
Those options might be more practical for a 6mtr + rib.
I already have inboard stainless tanks. 1x 150l and a 50l reserve...just switching between the 2 is a pain.

I have seen these electrical solenoid switchovers on ebay that are used for switching tanks when running a diesel on veg oil. Anyone ever tried one of these or not suitable in a marine environment?
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A variation on my portable tank setup: Run a hose from each tank to the transom, leaving enough of a tial that both will reach the engine. Bit of velcro loop somewhere to hold the other hose form rattling around.

Probably best to put two primer bulbs as close to the tanks as poss - I once tried priming the hose for my forward tank with the primer from the engine end - that was not the most fun 15 mins I;ve spent on a boat.....
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In my quest to rebuild my boat again what are other 'ribbers' using as a switchover for a 2 tank system?

I currently use a 2 way valve similar to this

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Are there any better systems available?

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I have the same in mine with the main/reserve tank (diesel). The problem is i have to bleed it each time i change over
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