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Old 29 July 2009, 03:34   #31
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Fuel tank

The Mariner/Mercury 4hp does have the facility to fit an external fuel tank, I've got the 6hp which looks the same, but comes with the external tank. This holds 12 litres and has a gauge on it so you can see how much is left.
On holiday we had the use of a small boat with engine and I had to refuel that a few times while on the water. It's tricky as you have to stand up in the boat so you can see when the tank is full. You also need a funnel really to avoid spillage.
I'd say go for the external tank.
The fuel pipe that it comes with is long enough to put it under the bench seat.
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This holds 12 litres and has a gauge on it so you can see how much is left.
Be wary of putting too much faith in these - my experience is they can "jam" leading you to believe you have more fuel than you do.
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Fuel tank

This one is very simple, just a float with a hole in the middle and a twisted metal rod connected to the gauge, as the float rises the rod turns and the needle moves. It's not very precise though.
However you can see the fuel level by looking at the tank itself, as it's visible through the plastic.
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