A Combustion Company
"Of COURSE we are still using your product! And I will say hi to Lu, as we go in there frequently. L & B Marine has come to be known on Kent Island as "that little place near K-Mart that always has whatever you need."
We purchased a 43-foot, 1986 Albin Trawler in late January 2002 and sold the Bayliner in February. The Albin was in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and we had the pleasure of bringing it up the almost 1,200 miles in three stages. We were delighted to fly our big American flag from our new transom, although we despaired because of the black smoke that seemed to be very much a part of the Volvo engines. "Volvos smoke," we were told - simple as that. The flag was destroyed by the trip, and we worked hard to remove the greasy black soot from that huge "White" expanse back there. Of course with every fill-up on the trip we added Fuel-Tek CAL-5, as we had made certain to take that down there with us on the one trip we made by car to bring such things as bedding, dishes, pots and pans, tools, etc., etc. Our first fill-up was in Daytona Beach, and we only added 150-gallons to our 450-gallon tanks. We found that we never used as much fuel as we thought we were by the gauges - a GOOD thing on a boat!
Steve, after we cleaned the transom up here on Kent Island, and bought a new flag - we have no more greasy black smoke coming from the Volvos!!! I kid you not, and I keep telling Hans that it's the Fuel-Tek, because what else could it be??? He's a bit more skeptical, but by golly he doesn't skimp on the product either when we fill up!
We've told others about it, but I do think you need to experience it to understand the difference it can make. We're sold, and always carry several bottles with us, in case we find someone we want to share it with who has been having problems, or in case Lu at L & B Marine should run out!
We are planning on being at the Annapolis Boat Show, and will definitely look you up. It will be nice to see you again - we met several years ago at the Trawler Fest in Solomons, MD, as you may recall, but I've only talked with Carol on the phone. See you then and have a great summer."
"Using Fueltek has reduced the soot on the transom to almost nothing. Prior to using Fueltek, after a day's run, when you washed the transom, it was extremely dirty. Now, there is virtually no build-up soot at all. This is truly a remarkable product.."
"Like many boaters I don't use my boat enough. Although my engines (twin CAT 3116-TA's) have low hours they were smoking and after each outing left a mess on the transom. My fuel was nearly a year old and my Racor's were beginning to plug up. I met Steve Davis at the FUEL-TEK booth during the 2000 St. Petersburg Boat Show. After hearing one of his repeat customers' "stories" of an old trawler and how the product performed, I decided to try it. I've used other fuel products before and assumed they were doing something although the soot was still there after every run.
Yesterday, now that I have run the Fuel-Tek CAL-5 product through the whole system for about ten hours, I came back from a typical three hour Gulf outing and there was no soot-Absolutely none. Just for kicks, I pulled the filter from my fuel system and even with one-year old fuel, it was as clean as a "hounds Tooth". I have no interest in this company other than being an extremely satisfied and slightly amazed customer."
"Brier Patch is a 30 year old pristine beauty that we take care of like a loved family member. We are constantly looking for ways to better maintain each and every system aboard. Anyone can have great looking paint and varnish, but the heart of the boat is the power plant. We have a set of 25 year old 903 VTA Cummins that generate over 600HP each giving us an easy 24 knot cruise with a 30 knot top end, they are fabulous. With the addition of Fuel-Tek, after several tank treatments, we noticed a drop in after start-up smoking, it absolutly ELIMINATED the usual daily dust from the transom, we had a marked increase in our fuel economy, and after the first 3 tanks of fuel, had no more water or sludge in the fuel filters. Typically, we view this type of product with a “smoke and mirrors” attitude, However, after testing the product for three months with daily service in Mexico, Belize and the Bahamas, we are convinced it works. I now use it in my diesel pick-up also. Not all fuel additives are created equal, the bottle may look the same, but the contents are much different. Ask for Fuel Tek, we’re glad we did.
"Florida-based Fuel-Tek has developed a new fuel conditioner specially designed for the marine market - Fuel-Tek Marine CAL-5 - a multifunctional additive package. The product addresses every fuel storage and handling problem encountered within the maritime industry."
Maritime Reporter and Engineering News
"Fuel Additive For All Reasons"
"CAL-5 diesel additive not only cleans sludge and algae from tanks but also lubricates O-rings, prevents corrosion throughout the system and dissolves varnish and other deposits from the injectors."
Southern Boating Magazine
"Fuel-Tek's CAL-5 is specifically designed to address fuel storage and handling problems. This combination of ingredients creates an environment unsuitable for the growth of fungi, bacteria and algae."
"Fuel-Tek's Marine CAL-5 is a multifunctional additive package designed to address fuel storage and handling problems. This product is a fuel stabilizer containing surfactants, non-ionic dispersants and organic combustion catalysts, the combination of which is formulated to discourage the growth of fungi, algae and bacteria."
Boating Industry International
"I know you've all seen the other fuel products on the shelf....and you're probably saying, "not another one!"
Bacteria, fungi, and algae in your boat's fuel system can halt her right where she floats and, if you're in big seas, put you in a precarious position.
Power & Motoryacht
"My wife and I started using the Fuel-Tek CAL-5 product a year and a half ago at the recommendation of a friend with a 49' Grand Banks. Our 66' Choey Lee is powered by twin CAT 3306TA's and has a 2.000-gallon fuel capacity. Unless we are cruising, the fuel sits for extended periods. In the past we have had premature fuel filter failure due to contamination. After using the Fuel-Tek product I am happy to report that our filters stay clean. Even though I haven't changed them in over a year the fuel flows freely and I never pull a vacuum on the fuel system. We are leaving for an extended trip and will use well over 3,000 gallons of fuel. I wouldn't think of taking on fuel without first treating it with CAL-5."
Carl & Trisha White
"I was given a bottle of your product by a friend who visited the Palm Beach Boat Show. It surpasses any other brand that I have used before. Here in East Africa the problem of keeping fuel clean of sludge is a constant battle. Thanks, and congratulations on an excellent product. CAL-5 is worth it's weight in gold."
"I have been treating the fuel in our 49' Grand Banks Trawler with CAL-5 and it has solved all our fuel related problems. On our last trip (approximately 900 miles) the twin 3208 caterpillar engines performed better than ever and there was no sign of soot on the transom at the conclusion of the trip. In the 30 years I have been in the fuel oil business this is the only product I have used that solves all fuel related problems."
W.C. (Bill) Tweedle
"I knew your product was good, I just didn't know how good until I ran out. I decided to use the old product I was using before, until I could reorder. That was a big mistake. Please send four cases. Send one ASAP."
"My wife and I own a 1992 Carver 43' Aft Cabin Motor Yacht. We spend as much time on the Colombia River as possible.
At the beginning of the 2000 season we had the local Cummins Dealer send someone out to check the engines, change the oil, fuel filters, etc., and make sure we'd always come back. When he changed the fuel filters he found a lot of slime from fuel algae and signs of water in them. We have used a well-known diesel fuel additive for the last two years and thought everything was being cared for. We never suspected that we had a problem.
About that time I read an article in POWER & MOTORYACHT magazine about the new Fuel-Tek Marine CAL-5 fuel additive. I ordered a gallon of it to keep us going for a while.
We have put another 15 - 17 hours on our boat since we started using CAL-5. Our fuel filters are staying clean and I have noticed we don't have as much soot on the back of the boat as we used to. Now we get back to the dock safely and look good doing it. Thanks for a good product that actually does what it promises to do."
Dave & Roseann Robins
Pictured above is one of two vessels tested in St. Thomas Virgin Islands in 1995 using the Fuel-Tek Marine CAL-5.
The test was arranged and conducted by Rob Gourley a Mechanical Design Engineer from Sarasota, Florida. The vessels were operated by Blue Lines. When the test was begun both vessels were changing fuel filters frequently due to sludge and smoking heavily. At the conclusion of the test (approx. 3 months) the fuel sludge problem had vanished and the engines had stopped smoking. Glenn Lawrence, the president of the company reported that the two vessels averaged a 13.42% reduction in fuel consumption. ( the average savings is usually in the 4% to 8% range)
Both vessels traveled the same routes each day with the same loads.
"As you may glean from the attached data, we averaged a 13.42% reduction in fuel usage. This increased fuel burning efficiency translates into fuel savings that cannot be ignored by this Owner. Our port Engineer Michael Larsen is both surprised and delighted with the performance of FUEL-TEK." Note: This is an exceptional improvement in fuel economy and while it did occur, it cannot be expected in all cases. (6% to 8% is common).
Glenn W. Lawrence
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