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Old 12 March 2011, 17:27   #1
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Fuel sender and guage - recommendations please!

Hi,
I doing extensive work on the console on my rib over the next couple of weekends and want to replace the old fuel guage..

I have an inboard 100 litre (ish) stainless tank which is 15" or 380mm deep.

Which fuel guage / sender guages are suitable for ribs?

Lots on Ebay with cantilivered floating lever arms, and mroe expensive ones which a vertical inline float arrangement...

Cantilevered like this -
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/12V-FUEL-GAUGE...item3365dd3ba9

Linear like this -
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GAUGE-SENDER-2...item1e5f35b0f0

Obviously I want something that works, but realise in any kind of sea the fuel in the tank will be flying around everywhere. So in ribs do any of them work well?

Advice would be good. My budget is pretty low on this too as just found my radio had internally combusted and my fishfinder is playing up (hence all the re-wiring)
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Old 12 March 2011, 17:36   #2
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Welcome to the joys of ribbing! Bust kit how are ye!

Your quest for a good economical tank gauge is doomed (IMHO), some are not as crap as others. Ultimately, you will get a "feel" for your wee pet's thirst and plan accordingly. I always found that a reserve tank provided a certain guaranteed level of comfort, eg, my reserve tanks WILL carry me 30 Nm, whatever else may come...
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yeah, getting a feel for it, I always start out with a full tank (100litres) regardless of the planned trip, and take a 20litre back up. But it is comforting to have a knowledge of how much fuel there is and ultimatley start carrying less fuel especially as most of my trips are less than 10 miles in total...

Plus my fuel tank is a right sod to get access to, normally buried in diving kit etc...
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I always start out with a full tank (100litres) regardless of the planned trip, and take a 20litre back up.
u r doin' it rite!
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fuel gauge

I had a fuel flow computer by NAVMAN on my previous rib. Very accurate and easy to install. They are about 100.

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Hi,
I doing extensive work on the console on my rib over the next couple of weekends and want to replace the old fuel guage..

I have an inboard 100 litre (ish) stainless tank which is 15" or 380mm deep.

Which fuel guage / sender guages are suitable for ribs?

Lots on Ebay with cantilivered floating lever arms, and mroe expensive ones which a vertical inline float arrangement...

Cantilevered like this -
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/12V-FUEL-GAUGE...item3365dd3ba9

Linear like this -
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GAUGE-SENDER-2...item1e5f35b0f0

Obviously I want something that works, but realise in any kind of sea the fuel in the tank will be flying around everywhere. So in ribs do any of them work well?

Advice would be good. My budget is pretty low on this too as just found my radio had internally combusted and my fishfinder is playing up (hence all the re-wiring)
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This is not a cheap answer to your quest for a reliable sender, but it has no moving parts, so by my book is pretty darn good for a rib. Plugs into your plotter assuming you have a NMEA2000 setup. Not had any problems with mine so far. Conversely, on my last boat the foam float on a vertical sender broke free and bobbed around in the tank after only 1 year.
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That appears to be the latest version of a Centronic, which I've been using for over 15 years without a problem. It's quite often called a Livorsi, which is the supplier in the States. No moving parts, works off resistance, can be cut to length, and the anologue version is adjustable for full and empty.

From memory they are around $50.00, best there is.
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