Originally Posted by Clamchowder
I was kinda pleased all the work i did over the winter passed muster. I'm sure all our fellow ribnetters were beyond reproach too!
BTW, did you really use 55 litres getting to Conwy?
Well, after reflecting on it, I think I underestimated how much fuel we used on Friday so the tank I believed to be full and which we needed to switch in the river at Conwy, was in fact no-where near full.
I arrived on Friday morning with 2 x 55 litre tanks brim full and 2 x 22 litre jerry cans.
We went to Porth Dinlaen on Friday which is roughly a 27 mile round trip, or thereabouts, so I estimated approx 30 litres used, leaving 25 litres in the tank into which I emptied one jerry can on Saturday morning. Total in that tank therefore (say) 47 litres when we left Caernarfon. This tank was empty by the time you stood by and covered us in the river at Conwy as we switched tanks.
I think even a badly tuned 90 2 stroke would struggle to use that much fuel on a 27 mile trip, surely.
But whatever, it would have been impossible to get round the island safely with the remaining 55 litre full tank and remaining 22 litre jerry can!
All I can think is that the trip on Friday was actually a fair bit further (we did come back hugging the coastline for a good bit of the trip, although not 'gunning' it, as you know) but we did a triangular route rather than a 'there and back'.
In summary, several lessons for me:
1) Make a note of exact distance travelled (from the GPS) on every trip.
2) Use EVERY opportunity to fill tanks (I could have emptied one jerry can into the tank on Friday night, refilled it and taken it with me, rather than just emptying one of the cans into the tank on Saturday morning)
3) Dip the tank to check how full it actually is rather than use an uneducated guess!
Disappointing not to make it round but listening to reports of conditions between Point Lynas and Carmel Head, maybe Lynn would have been battering my barnet from the back seat anyway!