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Old 06 April 2006, 13:45   #1
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Is there a quicker way

I have been trying to empty the fuel tanks on my Rib as don't want to sell it with approx 80 litres of fuel on board, so have been using a fuel line with a fuel bulb to prime the line then a fuel tank on the ground and letting gravity do the rest and it's taking ages. This boat does not bother me but my hard boat which I am also selling has about 300 litres on board which I will need to start emptying, and by this method it's going to take forever, especially as that one is in the Marina and gravity won't do much to help.

Any thoughts, considerred buying one of those pumps you can attach to a drill, but concerned the spark in the drill when you trigger it might empty the tank a lot quicker than I would want.
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Old 06 April 2006, 14:18   #2
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Any thoughts, considerred buying one of those pumps you can attach to a drill, but concerned the spark in the drill when you trigger it might empty the tank a lot quicker than I would want.
DON'T DO IT. There are quite often sparks in the motor as it spins, so you are not just looking at the spark when you press the trigger. Also I doubt the seals are designed to be used with solvents.

You can get syphon pumps fairly affordably I think. There was another similar post recently (looking for easy way to FILL tanks). Think it was steve from the falklands who was asking...
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DON'T DO IT. There are quite often sparks in the motor as it spins, so you are not just looking at the spark when you press the trigger.
Not going to as those were my thoughts exactly, just finished draining the rib, left 1/4 - 1/2 of fuel in each tank. Wonderred about a manual style pump bilge but then the petrol might eat the rubber seals. Mind you would it not last the length of time it would take to empty the tank as they can't be much more than 30-40 so it would be justified against 300 quids worth of fuel.
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The syphon pumps or shakers are great - empty a jerrycan in about 3 mins.

Obviously though if the boat is afloat on the water and you need to get the fuel UP it's a different story!!!

http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/s.nl/sc.9/category.600/.f

this page has the syphons and loads of useful stuff at good prices.

The 12v transfer pumps look promising but none of them are rated to use with petrol.....
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Yeah it was me. I eventually settled on a decent long neck funnel, and steel jerrycans with a long spout on. I have built a jerrycan frame for the back of the Defender to stop them crashing around in the back, holds them v securely. Ideal, doesn't spill a drop refuelling even when windy. I just don't leave the J/C on the boat as they will go rusty!!

Not much good for decanting fuel out of a boat though as it would be kinda hard to put a spout on the boat and hold it up over a jerrycan
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How about

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/WOW-LOOK-HAND-...QQcmdZViewItem

Builds up the biceps too!
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Car fuel pump? We use a Holley which originally came with a Merc XR2 for transferring fuel.
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That thing is for model aircraft - I have one - after about 20 turns of the handle it will have transfered about 200ml of fuel.

You could be there quite some time to fill up a tank for a RIB
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-Draining fuel-

All it takes is 1 case of beer and a few buddies. Get buzzed up and go fishing, that's how I seem to drain my tanks.
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Yep,car fuel pump. A mate is a spanner monkey at a Ford main dealer. He has a pipe and fuel pump rig which he uses to get all of the unleaded out of diesel Focus' and Fiestas. It shifts quite an amount quickly.
Or, syphon with the biggest bore pipe that you can get in there, 20mm ID would get it out pretty fast.
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