Originally Posted by mikew4
As in, why would you need to clean a fuel tank? Fuel filters are consumables.
If boats were cars we'd all be richer.
To some degree, I agree with your unspoken argument - "tanks are tanks, fuel is fuel, engines are engines". But the realities of seasonal boating are that tanks are unused for seven months and waterside fueling stations are low volume. The result is water in tanks, debris and biological contamination in fuel supplies. Tanks can and do become heavily contaminated and filters are a poor solution when the contaminant load is high, especially when it is something other than water. A good clean out may be essential.
My fuel pickup is at the very bottom of my tank. My fuel system filters the entire tank on an ongoing basis. But I always give my filter extra love after refueling at strange places and at the start of each season...