Marine Systems — SAIL magazine

Fuel's Paradise: Onboard Fuel Polishing

Posted by Phillip Gutowski on

 Featured in the February, 2017 issue of SAIL Magazine.      Maintaining clean fuel should be one of the highest priorities on any vessel equipped with a diesel engine.  Detecting and discarding any badly contaminated fuel is always your best bet.  However, after having done your due diligence and sampled your tanks, there is no harm in adding extra filtration. We have two 60 gallon fuel tanks, built of fiberglass.  Each tank has a stainless inspection port, a dipstick and (thankfully) three fuel line connections.  Two of the connections reach down about 1” shy of the bottom of the tank,...

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Winter Storage: Shrinkwrap Engineering

Posted by Phillip Gutowski on

While many boat owners are consumed with the annual task of hauling and storing their vessels for the winter, others are prepping for the cold months by turning theirs into a stationary den.  Here in the snowbound Northeast, most liveaboards cover their decks by erecting a temporary structure to be wrapped in heat shrinkable plastic sheeting.  This cover adds a layer of protection and comfort for the ship and her crew by helping to shed rain and snow, reduce condensation and provide passive solar heat during the day.  Albeit temporary, I’ve decided to build a seasonally reuseable structure that offers...

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