[QUOTE=anchorman;167760]Regardless (if it works or not), if something does happen, and lives are lost, and the court asks about maintenance history and OEM recommended parts…and you answer with a roll of Bounty in the fuel system, say bye to your wife and kids. You are going to jail for a very long time, if you are lucky. For fucks sake, think about your family before doing something stupid. Using OEM parts also take liability away as well, beside being more dependable and suited for purpose - for a few bucks?[/QUOTE]
I concur. This may sound stupid, but this particular housing may have been designed with the intent to use paper towels as filters. I do recall them being a larger, non ‘racor’ housing.
After a couple beers, and a couple phone calls to dumbfounded ex-coworkers, the name of the company is gulf coast.
The two boats I worked on, one was a graham crewboat built in the 90s…the other was a graham utility boat built in the 70s. One was owned by a riff raff outfit, the other wasn’t. They kept the practice of using bounty paper towels as fuel filters. Why? well when I worked there the port engineer told me so. This was in the infancy of my workboat career…I wouldn’t be surprised if these boats updated their primary filters since then.
I went to gulf coasts website and it looks like the housing still looks the same…however they do sell an element/filter. If that has always been the case it does make it funny in a scary way about the common practice of using bounty paper towels.
I saw this first on the utility boat about 15 yrs ago. I was on my first issue. I did think it was odd using paper towels as filters…but then again the aft steering station being backwards (turn the rudder to stbd it goes to port) was odd too if you ask me.