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Justfishin posted 02-24-2011 08:41 AM ET (US)   Profile for Justfishin   Send Email to Justfishin  
[A novel electronic fuel tank level sensor which can also detect water in the fuel tank is made by a small company called Tidewater Sensors and] is something that could help [detect] problems with water [in the fuel tank] in today's outboards. I am not affiliated with [Tidewater Sensors].
jimh posted 02-24-2011 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am somewhat taken aback by the contrast of the high-tech NASA article and the fairly elaborately produced video with the folksy, homespun website presentation from Tidewater Sensors. The Tidewater Sensors website is written with a style that is decidedly not high-tech.

The problem with adapting this sensor for use in a classic Boston Whaler boat's fuel tank will likely be in fitting the sensor to the existing fuel tank level gauge access hole. There seems to be something of a standard access hole design with what is often referred to as the SAE Five-hole pattern. Most Boston Whaler tanks have a smaller access hole with a four-bolt pattern.

The cost of this sensor is somewhat higher, about double or triple, than other electronic sensors which are of similar design. There is a good article on several electrical or electronic sensors at

Fuel Gauge Sender: Electrical

which mentions several other electronic fuel tank level sensors intended for marine fuel tank application.

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