Racor Filter 500MA and Fuel Fixer R2D2

And Christmas it was! for a cruiser anyway…. In the big box were two big Racor filters 500MA plus enough filter to keep us going for a while. We decided to go with them to avoid any problem on future survey, we could have saved a few dollars with the 500 FG but they are not Marine “approved” and sometimes surveyor mention them in insurance report. By then your insurance company may decide that this is a big danger and you know what follows. The MA are normally only required by license and inspected commercial vessel.

On top of them you will find, some pressure gauge from Fuel Fixers. Those avoid the need to guess the state of the filter, you have a permanent and visual reference. Now just waiting for the fitting and the adventure of installation will follow. All this shall be a nice overkill and provide us with year of clean fuel. Remember those famous Nigel Calder words “clean oil, clean filter, clean fuel, they will run forever” and this was confirmed last week at the training.

On the subject of maintenance, yesterday in the last minutes on the boat *V* mentioned that the water pump was making a funny noise, and didn’t seem too happy! In my previous life, I would have ignored it and said it will get better not to worry. Well, not anymore, we learned it in Mexico, if something doesn’t sound, look or feel good, deal with it right away, as it could come back at you in a heartbeat! First reflex was to take a look at the unit itself, hold and behold the little filter (I had told myself to investigate it few months ago…) was completely clogged up with algae. Making the pump run harder, resulting in the noise. 10 minutes later three cleaning were performed and all was good. Just one more item added on the maintenance list, cleaning and bleaching of the water tank and system. This will appear on our Spring Cleaning list!


Let’s take a walk on your island project, 54th Listing will be Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico (Spanish for “rich port”) comprises an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area of the Greater Antilles. It, however, ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which also include Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica.

Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquen, from Borikén, its indigenous
Taíno name, which means “Land of the Valiant Lord”.The terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage. The island is also popularly known in Spanish as “La Isla del Encanto” which
means “The Island of Enchantment” in English.