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Old 07 April 2004, 15:04   #11
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Flowscan too expensive, Navman ok other than you have to have the whole set up, and Plastimo aren't to brilliant at after sales service, IMHO.

Best one of all is the FARIA Fuel Monitor, 52mm gauge, gives Fuel Remaining, Fuel Used, Total Fuel Used, Low Fuel Alarm and more. It's stand alone so you can still have the superior Garmin instead of Nav Whatsit, and it only cost a couple of hundred quid. Available in different colour faces and bezels. www.asap-supplies.com
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Hey Dirk
your last got me thinking that my search was over, but its for petrol only :-(
am I right if you run a diesel boat there is only the Flowscan available
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Old 08 April 2004, 04:21   #13
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Navman has just brought a diesel fuel monitor.
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True Navman have launched the Diesel 3200, but I have found out due to manufacuring problems it won't be ready till end of season. They are concentrating on the fish finder version.
Thus its not available

http://www.navman.com/marine/product.../index.html#pn
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Fish Finder Version

That's a serious problem if there's enough water in your fuel for fish to survive..........
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What is the difference between a diesel meter and a petrol one. I would have assumed petrol would have been more difficult to measure, in the sense thay the equipment would have to be specced higher.

Any boffins able to explain?
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What is the difference between a diesel meter and a petrol one.
Don't need to be a boffin. Diesel engines return excess fuel to the tank. Therefore you need two sensors with a diesel, one for flow from the tank and one for return flow to the tank. The meter then subtracts return from flow and gives your fuel used.

Just one sensor needed for petrol, which tell you how fast your wallet is emptying.
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Diesel & Petrol Fuel Measurements

Further intereting reading re these new Navman units can be found at following address (go to page 37 on pdf file)http://www.navman.com/assets/marine/...20Euro2004.pdf

It does appear that these units will operate on (I quote):-
any carburetted 2 stroke outboard from 50 - 300hp
any EFI 2 stroke outboard from 50 - 300hp
any 4 stroke outboard from 90 - 300hp
any sterndrive or inboard from 70 - 450hp

The only fly in the ointment is that you need to ensure that by fitting the flow sensor in the inlet line this does not exceed the manufacturers recommended back flow pressure.
And that the flow sensor is always fitted AFTER the primary fuel filter.

Hope the above has been of some interest to all parties.
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With regards to the Navman fuel flow meters.

For the first summer with the boat, I used the in built one in myGPS/plotter.

But I havenow moved on to a seperate Fuel 3100, mainly because I am lazy and It saves me having to swap pages on the GPS, and using the economy setting I can try and extend my range (I mean wallet) by cruising at the most economical throttle setting.
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Hey Dirk
your last got me thinking that my search was over, but its for petrol only :-(
am I right if you run a diesel boat there is only the Flowscan available
James
Sorry about that, I was answering Jono's question, and I assumed it was for petrol, those dirty smelly oily things will never catch on!

Flowscan is not the only one though, I have details of others but I've filed ( misplaced) them away somewhere.

I'll have a right good look later and get back to you!

Don't go the Navman route, pants!!! IMHO of course!
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