N2K fuel transfer control, aka the “Russ Gauge”

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

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2 Responses

  1. ibsailn says:

    We have a very similar fuel system on Vision of Johanna (not too surprising considering the two boats are at least cousins if not siblings). When I looked into Fuel Transfer controlers back in 2002 the only options were $500+. No idea what the Offshore systems unit costs, but we just built our own relay control box using two easily replaceable and $10 relays. We had a nice plexi door’d teak enclosure so all up the thing probably cost $50, uses the high level alarm circuit built into the Xintex “Analog” fuel guage to shut off the pump when it reaches the top. Other than the first time we tried it (due to alarm circuit being wired backwards of what the factory had told me over the phone), it has worked perfectly. If any DIY’ers want to set this up, I have relay ladder logic diagrams as well as schematic wiring diagrams. Still, very good to see a nice commercial option for those without the marine engineering training.

  2. Russ says:

    I certainly can’t take all the credit. I sent the suggestion to Offshore Systems because I couldn’t find an N2K device last fall. Bruce Coward at Offshore Systems was very responsive. He sought additional specifications from Ron Young and JB Turner at Lyman Morse and then they ran with the idea, developing the product in just over six months.

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