They recently mandated alcohol enhanced fuel here in the lovely state of Washington. There were warnings of issues with older tanks. I have a dual filtering system upstream of a fuel/h2o seperator and didn't give it much thought.
Well... I filled up last week with about 80 gallons. I'd burned roughly 6 gallons and my motor died. No sweat, I switched to the other filter on the fly. Another 6 gallons same thing. I made it back to our anchorage by running slow and switching from one filter to the other. While the girls were cooking dinner I was swapping out filters. We left late at night so I ran back home slow and didn't have any issues. Back at the dock I swapped out inline filters again, swapped out the seperator and found crud in it and pulled the screens at the carb inlet and found crud.
So what to do? I figured it's the equivilent of having dumped 8 gallons of alcohol into the tank. I've 75 gallons left and the next fuel is going to be the same. I have aluminum tanks, swapping them out is out of the question without major surgery.
A buddy gave me a big diesel filter setup. What is the difference between diesel and gas filters?
The big filters would be a pain to mount cleanly. I have been thinking about getting an electric fuelpump and pumping the gas out and through a filter setup a few times before putting it back into the tanks. But pumping 80 gallons of gas into barrells or what ever starts to bring up a whole new can of worms.
I boat out in the Salt water and sometimes with currents etc. it is moderately dangerous to lose power at a critical moment. Anybody have any good suggestions?