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Old 28 August 2012, 17:55   #11
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Mine is always on transom and started each time I leave for about 10 mins to motor out of port.

Had to use it 3 times in 4 years. Once it saved me from hitting rocks. Would never have had time to mount if it was stowed.

I have it connected to main and res tanks too so no chance of running out of juice.

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Old 29 August 2012, 02:41   #12
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Mine is always on transom and started each time I leave for about 10 mins to motor out of port.

Had to use it 3 times in 4 years. Once it saved me from hitting rocks. Would never have had time to mount if it was stowed.

I have it connected to main and res tanks too so no chance of running out of juice.

D
Given that contaminated fuel may be a cause for primary engine failure , many folk prefer to keep secondary back-ups with completely seperate fuel supplies ! I'm guessing that the main objective of an auxillary is to get out of trouble , or limp back to safety rather than to continue the cruise .

I agree with keeping it on the transom and regularly starting her up though .
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Old 29 August 2012, 03:32   #13
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Hello D and all

Thanks for that - my thoughts were also to keep it fully self contained too, so thanks for the confirmation also.

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Old 29 August 2012, 14:15   #14
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Here is mine sitting there ready to go, separate fuel, and I steer with the main engine down when using it like a rudder. I have used it in anger, and simply made for the safety of the shoreline rather than a get me home. Glad I have it it though, as I once didn't, and that was embarrassing flagging down a tow 200ft from the end of the slip way!

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