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Old 12 August 2009, 10:49   #1
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FLOSCAN Fuel monitoring system

Hi, does anyboday have any experience using the Floscan diesel fuel monitoring system ? They are rated highly in the press, and better than the standard supplied systems from some of the engine manufacturers. The system supplied from Volvo is useless.
In my case I want to connect it to the Raymarine E120 but I am not sure if this monitor will display all of the data that Floscan is exporting. Currently it only shows the fuelrate ( lit/hrs) but nothing more. Otherwise I would have to mount a new instrument in the console which I really dont want to do.

Any help/comments will be greatly appreciated
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I use the Floscan system on my current boat and had it retro-fitted to my previous boat (see Cyanide).
I can vouch for the fact that it is very good, very accurate to within 1 or 2% and has not let me down. It is invaluable.
I would, however, recommend you fit a "zeroising" capability on, say, a push button. This returns to zero when you fill to the brim. If your tank holds, say, 400 litres, then you know, by reading off the guage and subracting its value from 400, how many litres you have left (invaluable in my case!).

I have found the fuel tanks own sender, less than useless.

A special version is required for diesel engines, as you probably know. It measures both flow and return, subtracting the diference.
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I use the Floscan system on my current boat and had it retro-fitted to my previous boat (see Cyanide).
I can vouch for the fact that it is very good, very accurate to within 1 or 2% and has not let me down. It is invaluable.
I would, however, recommend you fit a "zeroising" capability on, say, a push button. This returns to zero when you fill to the brim. If your tank holds, say, 400 litres, then you know, by reading off the guage and subracting its value from 400, how many litres you have left (invaluable in my case!).

I have found the fuel tanks own sender, less than useless.

A special version is required for diesel engines, as you probably know. It measures both flow and return, subtracting the diference.
Thanks for the feedback Brian and a good tip !
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Hi Brian, can you give me an idea how much your floscan system was, I presume its diesel. I have had a quick look on the interweb and cant find much.

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Nick, hi!
From memory.......the first one I had retro-fitted was about 500 for parts only.
The second was much more "professional" and probably costs a bit more. Fitting is extra.
The 2nd one contains 2 fuel filters and fits to the side wall of the engine compartment. It all looks v. sweet. Will try and take some photos tomorrow and post them here.
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Regarding prices, I received a quote from the Dutch importer ( for North Europe) Series 6000, CruiseMaster Meter, LPH, - Euro 825,00 Ex. VAT (per motor)

7000, MultiFunction Meter, LPH - Euro 1.025,00 Ex. VAT (per motor)

9000, GPS interface meter, LPH - Euro 1.175,00 Ex. VAT (per motor),

Regarding installation they estimated approx 1 day by somebody who knows what he is doing.

The instrument is 86 mm in diameter.
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Brian, do you have any experience on the waterresistance of the floscan gauge in the console ? I am concerned that they may be not be designed for a wet environment ?
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Ironically, I think it would be cheaper to buy two of these (one for flow, one for return), than to buy a proper diesel one.
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Brian, do you have any experience on the waterresistance of the floscan gauge in the console ? I am concerned that they may be not be designed for a wet environment ?
Oh yes they are.
I have had a total of 8 years of using Floscan and never had a leak.
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