Gord, the glass fuel sediment bowl is awesome and super important, do you lose the reserve function? I would personally not consider w/o for me, but that is my choice. Redundancy in a boat is a requirement.
I know one guy who ran out of fuel one late night and had to get out and swim his car to shore (Florida lake w/alligators too!). When I asked why he wen't out while on reserve, his single word email reply was "reserve?" He had no idea he had another gallon+ in the tank!
Some of the moped taps have a glass bowl type set up and almost all of them have a reserve setting. (I have 4 mopeds Minarelli, Puch, Sachs, Motobecane). Don't ask me why. They just followed me home over 25+ years).
I just had a Furnace repair man at my shop.It quite last Dec. His 2ed visit after ordering parts., Install a check valve in fuel line and noticed no fuel ran out.
Tank says 3/4.. he turned the gauge and it dropped to empty.!!!!
Amphi died on side of road, Called Ron to come and get me, then checked tank,, empty>> I was right beside a gas station. DAAA.
I don't quite understand all this talk about some substitute that is degrading of the original system. The last time I checked Gordon's was selling new units that I believe were exact replacements. In my cars EVERYTHING has to work correctly and I would never consider some poor substitute that doesn't look and operate like the original.
I'd prefer to stay with the factory set up if I could find the cast part of the tap that is broken in mine or another functional tap I can put some seals in. This will be the second time I've replaced parts in this tap.