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RyanY
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: Yamaha Digital speed gauge Reply with quote

Had a little fuel issue on the boat Monday that left us getting towed by Tow Boat US.

Haven't had a chance to trouble shoot it very good yet however I have been wanting to install a Yamaha digital speed gauge to replace the analog gauge that love to bounce back and forth after leaving the full mark.

Question is, not withstanding the access to the sending unit, is it somewhat of a pain to install or something someone that can turn a wrench do?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You installing a digital fuel gauge or speed gauge? Or one of those combo units?
If the hole size matches on your dash it's not too difficult. Just the usual boat pain of chasing wires and getting access. There's nothing specifically challenging about it.
I did one on my previous Contender and it was a PITA but that was just because of a small console and horrible existing wiring that I had to untangle to get to what I needed.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fuel tank gauge, or fuel management(fuel flow) gauge? Go with fuel management IMHO.  
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The speed gauge with the fuel on it. I've also got a cable coming to hook up the motor to the GPS to monitor fuel and burn, etc. Our gauge is bouncing around while we run pretty good. Talked to Pioneer about it today and got some good ideas what may be causing it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me know how difficult it is ti change, because my fuel gage does the same thing.  
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fuel flow will tell you everything you need to know, if you reset it every time you refuel. You tell the GPS the size of the tank, and it tells you gallons remaining in the tank, usually within a gallon or so, once it is calibrated. It also gives you real time mpg, which is how I run my boat, adjusting speed, trim, tabs, etc, to maximize mpg.  
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:57 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

glacierbaze wrote:
Fuel flow will tell you everything you need to know, if you reset it every time you refuel. You tell the GPS the size of the tank, and it tells you gallons remaining in the tank, usually within a gallon or so, once it is calibrated. It also gives you real time mpg, which is how I run my boat, adjusting speed, trim, tabs, etc, to maximize mpg.


That's what Im looking for.
  
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up pulling the boat before the storm. I was going to work on it after Irma.

What had happened was....
We were trolling offshore Monday, Labor Day when the motor quit. Tried the bulb and no pressure. Fuel gauge was in between half and a quarter. We've made this trip before with no problem. Water separator was half full but I just couldn't get it to pull fuel.
Back at the dock, getting ready to run the but to the ramp to pull it for the storm, I pull the separator again and found that the rubber gasket was broken into two pieces.
Replaced the filter and filled it up. Boom, motor purring.
Hauled boat and filled up at local gas station. It only took 48 gallons (80 gallon tank).
Instead of opting for the new gauge, which bounces back and forth, I opted to connect the Yamaha to the network to manage my fuel via a nmea2000 connection.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The gauge is reading the signal from the tank sender. You can change out the tank sender pretty easy. If you do get the sender that rides on a vertical rail, not the float-able arm type.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another option...
Buy an analog gauge that mounts directly to the fuel tank (if you have access to it). That is the absolute way of verifying the fuel level and it is dependable and doesn't depend on electrical connections.
I haven't had a fuel gauge for over 6 months and I know what my burn rate is for mileage. I track my mileage via my GPS. I fill up after every long offshore trip or I ensure I fill up when I have tracked my mileage to 20% remaining in the tank. I track my mileage on the short runs within 20 miles and make myself notes on my phone to keep up with the total.
  
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is easy for me to say because I hold 134 gallons. But, if you fill up every time you return it reduces a lot of stress. I have the digital Yamaha round speed/fuel/GPH gauge and it works pretty good.
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