Sunday, July 20, 2008


7/18/08---Our first fueling experience. Having made a gauge stick by marking 1" increments on a 1/2" x 4' dowel, dipping tanks & record keeping proved to be quite accurate. We expected to take on 422 gals of diesel & sure enough it took that just much to fill both tanks.
At $4.59/gals,WOW.
Thinking things were going well, we proceded to change oil & filters. While working on the engines, we noticed water showing in the sediment bowl on the starboard side. There had not been any water before. We drained the bowl several times & water kept coming. About 11:00 p.m. we gave up for the night. The next day we had the dock crew color cut the fuel tank & found 4 1/2" of water in the bottom. That amounts to 45 gals of water. They dipped their supply tank and found 6" of water in the 6000 gal storage tank. Of all the "blankity blankilty blank blank" they had not pumped the water out after the flood. Naturally we were the first to buy diesel. After using a dip tube & suction line on a small pump to pull the water out of our tank, the problem has still not gone away. What a mess.

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