At this time I would like to thank your company ALGAE-X for helping us out in a very trying situation. We are the manager for the harbors of the Chicago Park District in the City of Chicago. We have 7 tender boats that service Monroe Street Harbor which have diesel engines in them, these vessels are running 12 to 24 hours per day seven days a week.
For the last 3 years we have had serious problems with fuel contamination, we were changing fuel filters every 2 to 3 days, it was crazy. We were told by boat yards that the fuel tanks had to come out and be cleaned. The cost of this would be in the thousands of dollars range.
I heard about your company through a marine trades magazine and the Internet. I talked to your company and how your product works. I installed the ALGAE-X model 200 on all of our tenders and used the fuel conditioner. Within a week the problem went away. I have not changed fuel filters for the rest of the season. The aggravation factor and complaints went away. Thank you again for your product.
Operations Manger, Westrec Marinas, Chicago Harbors
Virginia Pilot Association
Please excuse my delay in responding to your inquiry regarding the performance of the Algae-X units that we are currently using. As you can tell from my subsequent orders, I am very impressed with your units. Their ease of installation and the fact that they actually perform as you indicated is an added bonus for those of us who install and are responsible for their maintenance.
I have been in the marine repair business for the past 23 years and have always been very careful and somewhat closed minded about appliances, additives and a “host of other goodies” that sales people represent without O.E.M. endorsements for our pilot boats. The fact that we are a fairly large user of #2 diesel (over 150,000 gallons annually) along with the lesser quality fuel we are receiving through the pipe line, the constant replacement of Racor filters, the cleaning of our boat fuel tanks and the damage being done to our main engines and generator sets required me to find some solution to our algae and fungus problems. After installing the first trial Algae-X unit on one of our pilot launches there was a noticeable difference in the filters and performance almost immediately. We had been changing fuel filters ever 5O to 100 hours. We can now extend filter changes to our normal oil change intervals. Also, the transoms, which were turning black due to exhaust gasses, are now staying cleaner. Most importantly, this was accomplished with a simple yet effective Algae-X flow thru device installed before our primary fuel filters.
In closing, I would be happy to talk with any future customer you have to recommend the Algae-X units not only to those in the marine industry but also to any person using diesel fuel.
Thank you for the opportunity to realize the value of this product.
Virginia Pilot Association
Bill – I bought a pair of Algae-X® units at the Lauderdale show last Oct for my
Cummins 6BTA 250′s and put them in over the winter. I have them in my Bertram 31. Have about 150 hours on them, and drained the Racors last Sunday for the first time since installing. NOTHING, I mean nothing, in the Racors. Normally I would get an inch of crud out of each filter after about 50 hours, but NOTHING. I could never get 100 hours out of a 30 micron Racor 500 cartridge before, and now I’m up to 150 and counting. Plus, the smoke is greatly reduced, the exhaust smells cleaner, and – here’s the best of all- fuel economy is up over 10%. Magic? You tell me. A trip I made last November prior to installing the units, yes with a dirty bottom and one slightly dinged wheel, burned 126 gallons. Two weeks ago made the same trip, plus another hour of running, yes, this time with a clean bottom and true wheels, burned 100.4 gallons. I am a true believer now. Thanks for talking me into buying them.
Baton Rouge, LA
1000 less headaches
Rarely do you meet anyone who owns 1000 yachts and sailboats. When they speak, we listen! Earlier this year the largest charter company in the world made Algae-X Fuel Conditioners and AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst standard equipment on all new vessels. How many is that? Approximately 250 new yachts a year! Staggering figures for most companies, but not for Sunsail Charter whom already owns over 1000 yachts and sailboats, it’s small change.
Sunsail currently has the largest charter fleet in the world with 36 bases around the world with a 3 to 5 year charter life (www.sunsail.com). They offer the biggest and best choice of sailing vacations in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Indian Ocean for experienced sailors as well as complete beginners.
Sunsail has come to mean reliability, quality and value for money. They are always expanding on these features ensuring the best for their clientele. “We wanted to add that extra touch of safety and reliability for our customers” says Martin Challis, Group Technical Manager for Sunsail Charters. He contacted Algae-X and explained the fuel problem they were having to Chief Engineer, Chris Tschegg.
“Our charter boats are replaced every few years so we have lots of 5 year old yachts that have to undertake a long offshore sea delivery back to the US or mainland Europe to be sold. Although the engines run OK in more sheltered waters of their charter area the accumulation of sludge in the tank is stirred up as soon as the yacht is offshore and blocks the filters and fuel system so the engine becomes inoperable.”
“I spoke to Chris Tschegg of Algae-X and he explained to me a way to reduce downtime, increase filter life and reliability as well as make our fleet more environmentally friendly. He said the fuel had formed clusters and sediments, which were clogging the filters. He recommended I use the AFC 705 Fuel Catalyst and an LGX 200 Fuel Conditioner inline.”
In my job I continuously get approached by people with “wonder products”, many of which don’t work, so I am naturally suspicious and test most things myself before fitting to our charter yachts. This is what happened: I ran the LGX 200 on a small electric fuel pump on the tank of my boat that had so much sludge it which was blocking the filters. Afterwards I took a fuel sample and all the sludge was gone.
I then took it one step further. My diesel car always needs a fuel additive but even then runs badly on cheap “supermarket” diesel, which I have to avoid. So I tried AFC 705 Additive and the car ran noticeably better than with any of the other additives and even ran ok on the cheap fuel. It’s the best additive I have seen and after a few fills even seems to have improved fuel economy.
Now I was starting to believe in this.
Chris assured me fitting the LGX 200 Fuel Conditioner inline to all new yachts would prevent the accumulation of sludge over the years so we decided to fit that to all new yachts. It was not so easy to retrofit the LGX200 to all the worldwide fleet but I still had to stop those expensive breakdowns when the boats were on long distance sailing deliveries. For those older boats returning from their charter area Chris recommended a heavy treatment of AFC 705 Fuel Catalyst. So we supplied all our charter bases with AFC 705 Fuel Catalyst to deal with the existing sludge.
Last week I had a very positive report from our Seychelles operation. Fuel quality and local conditions have always made this area the worst for fuel problems. Without exception every yacht in the last 4 years that has left our Seychelles fleet to sail back to Europe has had serious engine breakdowns due to sludge. A few weeks ago we had a 6 year old due to sail back. These boats have 2 engines and no inspection hatch in the tank so no way to clean the tank. So here was the real test. We added a heavy dose of Fuel Catalyst before departure and gave the skipper the rest of the bottle to add when refilling along the way. The boat arrived in South France with both engines running perfectly and the skipper never even had to use one of the many spare fuel filters we always have to put aboard for these offshore passages.
Amazing, I am now totally convinced.”
Now I make the LG-X units and AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst standard equipment for every one of our new vessels. The inexpensive units prevent fuel filter problems, unsatisfied customers and a lot of headaches.”
ALGAE-X is the worldwide leader in Total Fuel Management Systems to Optimize Fuel Quality to promote Peak Engine Performance and Reliability. ALGAE-X technology improves the stability and quality of fuels resulting in improved combustion, significant reduction in particulate emissions and lower overall operating and maintenance costs.
Sunsail is the leading provider of yacht charter and water sports sailing holidays worldwide.
Kangaroo Island Sealink
In March 2009 we installed LG-X 3000 units on our Ro-Pax ferry MV Sealion 2000 which runs 3512 Caterpillar main engines. The stretch of water we operate in can vary from the magnificent to quite harsh and as such can present difficulties in obtaining reliable fuel readings with the load conditions changing constantly.
Over a 12 month period since installation, we have realized a 3.5% reduction in fuel usage which, when fitted on our other ferry, will result in using around 50000 litres of fuel less per year.
Before installation we had a fungi microbe present in one of the fuel tanks producing a sludge byproduct and reducing our primary filter change to 500 hrs. After the initial tank clean and ongoing utilization of the LG-X units, this fungus has not reappeared; the fuel appearance has remained clear and bright in the filter
bowl and the filter change is back to 1000 hours. This was a bonus (both monetary and logistically) not anticipated and along with the increase in fuel economy will return a saving of over $50000 a year. We can not put a cost on other hidden savings such as emissions associated with burning less fuel and engine component wear, as we havn’t yet had to complete any major maintenance.
I would like to thank you for the chance to use your product and also to change a few of our more skeptical minds into believers.
Engineering & Maintenance
Kangaroo Island Sealink
Safe Sea Marine Rescue
Enclosed is our payment for the two LG-X 400 Fuel Decontamination Units which are to be installed in our new twin diesel jet rescue RIB. This new vessel is being built by Almar in Tacoma, WA (www.almarooats.com), with launching scheduled for April of 2000. As is the case with three other vessels in our Safe/Sea fleet, Yarmar 315 hp engines and Hamilton 274 jet drive will be the drive train in this new build. Of course the LG-X 400′s will be installed by Almar during the engine installations.
As 1 mentioned to you; all of Safe/Sea’s (www.safesea.com) diesel rescue vessels have your excellent units installed, either as original equipment or retrofitted if they were built prior to 1996. We nave had no fuel contamination problems since we started using these units. In addition, the Racor fuel filter elements appear less contaminated when they are change at their normal service time.
We conduct over 1000 quick response rescue case each year and reliable service from our equipment is absolutely critical. Your LG-X 400 is a key component to helping us meet this reliability goal.
I am remiss in not having gotten back to you sooner. It was a pleasure meeting you at the Oakland Boat Show September 15. 2004. I was very impressed by your explanation of the operation of the Algae-X units. As I had mentioned to you, I was interested in Algae-X some time ago. I just pulled out the letter and literature you sent me March of 2000.
Needless to say now the rest is history, I have installed three units, two LG-X 500’s and one LG-X 200, on my mains and the generator. Total time for installation was less than an hour. I used one bottle of AFC-705 in each tank when I fueled a couple of days later as you had instructed. I took some photos of the installation; this is what they look like on a Bayliner 4788 with 31S Cummins.
Again, thank you very much in getting me off the dime, l should have the cleanest running boat on the west Coast after a couple of tanks of fuel.
MV “Princessa” Main Generator
1993 Caterpillar 3412 with approximately 9,800 hours
This is to inform you that we have been utilizing the Algae-X units and Catalyst on the ‘M/V Princessa since Dec. of 1999. Subsequent to the installation of these units on our 3412 Cats our filter change intervals has increased from every 100 hrs. to every 750 hrs. With the utilization of the Algae-X and catalyst we have noted a reduction in the smoke output from both our main engines and generators, by approximately 80%. In addition, after 3 months of continuous usage of the fuel catalyst and in conjunction with the Algae-X unit our fuel consumption has decreased by 20% and the injectors and turbochargers are now showing no signs of carbon deposits. Prior to your system, service to these components was required every 4-6 months. We have not been able to put a cost savings on the engine components, but just the increase in fIlter life and fuel economy is saving us over $50,000 a year.
I would like to thank you for a great product that delivers more than we were promised.
Greg Howe, Port Engineer
This engine was rebuilt in 1998 and has since then run 3860 hours. The cylinder head had to be removed to repair a damaged intake valve, the damage was caused by a failure of the automatic timing advance. The Princessa implemented ALGAE-X Fuel Conditioning Technology in August of 2000, and since then has approx. 1000 run time hours. The attached pictures demonstrate the results of using ALGAE-X treated fuel.
|Cylinder head as it appeared after removal and before clean up.||Bottom of Cylinder|
|Cylinder bore||3412 Cat after 3860 hours of operation with ALGAE-X fuel conditioner|
Port Everglades Pilots’ Association
The Port Everglades Pilots have been using the Algae-X unit for almost two years, and we can honestly say it works. The pilot business is a 2417-day operation, so engine maintenance and boat reliability is a must. We use in excess of 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year in our pilot boats. We have found that the fuel filters and fuel are much cleaner, which makes for more efficient engine operation. We rarely have injector or other fuel related problems.
In the past, the standing operating procedure for bad fuel was either get ride of it or try to filter it through an external filter, which did not work. The Algae-X unit with the catalyst is the answer to fuel problems.
I highly recommend Algae-X for both commercial and pleasure boats.
Thanks again for your assistance and a great product.
Port Everglades Pilots’ Association
Pacific Marine Engineering
They really do work! Just like advertised! I thought they would, but some of my co-workers, who have studied microbiology, more recently than I have were very doubtful. We installed some Algae-X 1000′s on a 53′ Hatteras with twin Detroit 8-71′s. This boat had a significant fuel contamination problem and the Racor 1000 fuel filters were getting plugged in as little as 50 hours of operation. We installed the Algae-X units, and after only about 20 hours of motoring the fuel and filters look as clean as when new. Both the owner and myself are extremely satisfied.
Owner, Pacific Marine Engineering
Occoquan Yacht Club
We currently own a 1999 50′ Carver motor yacht with Cummins 450 C-series engines along with a 15kw Kohler genset. We have used the Algae-X for over 3 years and the results are tremendous. Seeing is believing. We have never added bio-guard or any other fuel additive and the Racor filters have always stayed clear without any of the black residue build-up.
We are currently purchasing the Carver 570 Voyager, with Cummins QSM-11, 660hp engines and you can rest assured that the Algae-Xs will be on both mains and genset at delivery. People that say this is marketing hype have never used them nor witnessed the results. Come by our boat anytime and see the results. Thanks for a great product!
Occoquan Yacht Club