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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Box of gasoline



Back in February we ran out of gas on the way back to the dock. I suppose one can only expect so many miles from a 3 gallon fuel tank. I bought a 6 gallon tank to double our fuel capacity. Unfortunately the 6 gallon tank didn't fit in my boat's fuel locker.

This is the solution.





This box holds the 6 gallon tank and fits in the stern of the boat sorta like a poor man's lazarette. It's a better solution than just having the fuel tank loose in the cockpit. The box sits up off the floor to allow any water to drain out the scupper. There are vent holes to keep any vapors from building up. I'm painting the box a light color to help keep the gasoline cool. The top of the box could also be used to store other items.

We also still have the 3 gallon tank, so that's a good solid 9 gallons of gasoline. That's not much for you motorboat guys, but it's a lot for a small sailboat with a 6 hp outboard.

Can't wait to try it out in the Gulf.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. That's a well thought out solution.
    There is even room in there for a bottle of Stabil.

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    1. Yep, can't go without the marine stuff these days.

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  2. I might suggest a vent tube going over the transom.
    That cockpit is one large holding tank for fumes, as I'm sure you're aware of. We always stored the extra gas on the fore deck or on the rails.

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    1. I am aware of the gas fumes issue. Really don't want to blow up. At least the new style tanks don't vent like the old ones did. That's about the only advantage of the new design.

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  3. See, I knew you was a smart man...as Forest would say.

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  4. Well, usually I'm smart enough, but sometimes too smart for my own good. :)

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  5. 9 gallons of gas must make a Galley slave smile!
    Oh did you read yukon Mikes post on home depot having 100 watt panels for 150$ last week ?

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    1. It is a sailboat, we love to sail, and have no schedule. 9 gallons of gas is a lot for the likes of us.

      Read Mike's post. The price of solar has come way way down.

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