Originally Posted by RT Firefly
Mr. B. Rather than a 7' stick which will be fragile, given the dimensions and difficult to store how about a wooden yardstick with a length of line attached? Already marked in inches and you can get by with adding one or two 5 gal cans of fuel just to calibrate...eg: 5 gal=3/4" or whatever.
When I get a chance, I will give it a try. I started this morning using a tape measure just to see if the 'run' was pretty straight from the "Gas Fill" to the bottom of the tank. There is a slight bend in the line because I had to use some force to get the tape to the bottom. Not much force, but some. This little bit may be enough to prevent the yardstick from just dropping in. Someone else wrote me that they used a dowel jammed inside a stiff hose.
The main reason I want to do this is because next year we will be taking a 1500 to 2,000 mile trip. I would like to hold as much gas as possible and fill up to 2" from the top of the tank. I dont want the gas to sit high up in the fill tube. I'm sure it wont hurt anything to 'overfill' but not willing to bet my life or my boat on it. I never had a gas engine before so I feel it's better to err on the side of safety. I am no more worried about gasoline than I am about crossing the street. I just don't cross blind folded. I have to go out of town tomorrow for 2 weeks so I wont get a chance to check it out till I get back.
My work sched has been crazy this year. I just get home for a few days and I'm off again back to work.