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Old 23 February 2014, 18:47   #1
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I have the standard type fuel filter fitted to the rib at the moment.what are the advantages and is it worth fitting the type with the clear bowl and tap at the bottom?
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Old 24 February 2014, 02:12   #2
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It lets you see any water in the system straight away....

What type of filter are you referring to when you say 'standard'?
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On ebay they call it Quicksilver water separater fuel filter.it the cartridge type that looks like a oil filter you put on a car. Their is no clear bowl or tap at the bottom.
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It lets you see any water in the system straight away....
And drain it underway while reusing the filter. Once the cartridge type gets water saturated its toast and you need to have spares (potentially lots and lots of spares), and be able to purge the system of all that air underway.
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And drain it underway while reusing the filter.
Exactly. Detection and action.

I was on a dive trip out of Xcalak MX a couple of years ago; one of the day trips involved a 2.5 hr run out to the outlying islands on San Francisco reef. We were on a hard boat running a pair of Yam 200's; ended up having to stop every half hour to drain the bowls on the fuel filters (the operators blamed it on the fuel distributor, but since they stored gas in 55 gallon drums in the yard of the dive shop, well... At least the guys held the drainage in plastic water bottles for disposal.

Wasn't really the greatest of my worries, as, while underway, I could watch the transom flex by at least a couple of inches. I spent most of the time wondering how long we'd be adrift if both motors ended up at the bottom of the ocean.


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