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Old 02-07-2013, 02:33 AM   #1
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Gas storage

Assuming you have a dinghy of some sort with a gas outboard motor, where do you store the gas for the engine. If you are going on a "extended" cruise, how much do you take with you? KJ
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:28 AM   #2
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I keep mine in a vented storage locker where the propane is.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:54 AM   #3
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a normal container & tank lashed on the aft cabin top with a vinyl cover to keep UV from degrading the plastic..
Extended and remote? or just along the ICW???

I normally have 5 gal in the outboard tank and another 2 or so for misc, small genset...etc... I wouldn't carry more than I can burn in a month or so as long as I can get to some place with fuel...on the ICW I gould get by with about 1/2 of what I just said.

The size and use of the dingy would be a determining factor also...a 25hp outboard compared to a 3hp is a big difference..manly in terms of distances traveled with the dingy as much as just burn rate...with a big dingy and 25...you may run 20 miles a day sightseeing.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:29 AM   #4
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One gallon. Kept in a typical 1.25 gallon red plastic container stored in the open cockpit.

Gasoline isn't hard to find while cruising. Not that I would pull into a marina and buy just one gallon of gas.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:40 AM   #5
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I keep it in an overboard vented locker in the aft deck. In the usual red plastic container, round, about 2.5 gal. An old one so has a plain rubber tube for a spout, no ventless contraption. Where available, around here it is easy to find, I buy ethanol free gas and add Stabil and usually Seafoam as directed.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #6
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Any reason that with a hanging dingy on davits that the fuel can not be left right in the dingy?? I figure it's safer there than on board. In rough seas this likely would not be an option.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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Any reason that with a hanging dingy on davits that the fuel can not be left right in the dingy?? I figure it's safer there than on board. In rough seas this likely would not be an option.
I certainly plan to...keep the dingy and fuel on board secure and what could be a problem?

I do think may wind up overloading their davits or making it too heavy to lift...but beyond that????
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I store it IN THE DINGHY!
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:11 PM   #9
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We carry the gas for the dinghy motor in the sailing dinghy in its cradle on the aft cabin. We carry a two-gallon plastic gas can for pouring fuel into the little built-in tank on the outboard and a rectangular three-gallon gas can with an outboard hose connection for running the motor directly from the can.

Our longest cruise to date has been a bit over three weeks with lots of anchorage stops and dinghy-ing the dog ashore and exploring trips and we never even got through the two gallon can. Motor is a 4hp 4-cycle Yamaha.
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during the summer's cruise of 60 days, I have 3ea 3-gallon red plastic tanks.

One is in the dighy, which is usually towed or on weaver davits, the other 2 on top of the saloon, tied to the deck, so any fumes run overboard

I fill them all up at the start of the cruise with new fuel and usually I only have to buy 3 gallons or so toward the last 1/4 of the cruise.

As gas is substantially cheaper in the states than Canada, this plan works well.
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my motor is a 9.8hp 2 stroke
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:08 PM   #12
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When we headed over to the Bahamas, we took 5x 6-gallon containers plus 10 gallons in the RIB tank. The containers were all stored outboard securely tied to stanchions and a wooden board. Would not want to store gas anywhere that a leak/spill would get anywhere below deck, including spaces like the lazarette.
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a normal container & tank lashed on the aft cabin top with a vinyl cover to keep UV from degrading the plastic...
We have 3-5 gallon containers plus the 2.5 gallon for the 15 hp 2 stroke. Same as Scott, the UV covers are to protect the gas jugs from the UV and they are easy to make out of Sunbrella.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #14
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Two 2.5 gallon containers bungeed (if that is a word) to the swim step near the davits. One 3 gallon tank in the dingy.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:42 PM   #15
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Well here's a plus for us gasser guys. I have an electric fuel pump (on a windup 5 minute timer) that pulls gas from the main tank with a hose long enough for a direct fill = no storage containers...also used to fill the generator.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #16
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I usually have a 6 gallon outboard plastic tank and a 5 gallon plastic "jerry jug".
I store them both on the back deck tied to a cleat while underway. Last summer I also carried an additional 3 gallon plastic outboard tank.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:55 PM   #17
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My dinghy (C Coot) is manually powered. Don't need no stinkin' gasoline (or state registration fees/stickers/numbering.)
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #18
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When we headed over to the Bahamas, we took 5x 6-gallon containers plus 10 gallons in the RIB tank. The containers were all stored outboard securely tied to stanchions and a wooden board. Would not want to store gas anywhere that a leak/spill would get anywhere below deck, including spaces like the lazarette.
How long was your stay in the Bahamas? How much of the 40 gallons did you use? What size engine? KJ
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:20 AM   #19
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WATER in the air kills the gas with Ethanol in it.

The old army style gas cans or old metal outboard tanks are strong enough to take the pressure from changes in temperature with out venting .

No problem if fresh (moisture laden) air is NOT allowed into the tank.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:02 AM   #20
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My dinghy (C Coot) is manually powered.
Mine has that option but so far I've never used it.
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