Posted by Steve Kaminsky on October 16, 2003 at 18:23:50:
In Reply to: Fuel system posted by Dennis Lancaster on 16:17:17 10/16/03:
Thanks for the compliments.
The Catalina 38 (Sparkman-Stephens design) is a dream to sail. My wife, who is the real sailor in the family, says even an idiot can make her go fast. I guess she's referring to me :-))
As far as intentionally putting the gas fill point on the cockpit floor - I would think it's not a very good idea because of the increased chance of water intrusion in that area. On Nanny, the fill is on a high point on the starboard side near the stern. The chance of water intrusion there is far less likely, as long as the O-ring is inspected and replaced as necessary.
I'm glad to see you've gotten on the Sailnet list, there's a lot of good information there.
I did notice, some responses to your post where some people indicated they did not believe it's necessary to have a polishing filter after the fuel pump if you have the Racor filter installed. Don Moyer on the other hand, installs a polishing filter on every engine he rebuilds. He has found, from practical experience, that it has greatly reduced the number of clogged main jet complaints. Of course, the choice is yours to make. I always try to err on the side of caution...but, that's just the way I am.
Good Luck with your project.