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Old 24 April 2009, 08:18   #1
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Fuel and How to Carry it?

Does anyone have ideas as to how I could retro fit a below deck fuel cell to a 5m Humber destroyer?

I get a bit paranoid about having 75 litres or so on deck in puka tanks to keep up with the big boys on tour aka Clyde rib trip last August from Glasgow city centre to Loch Goilhead and back , 80 miles = <>80 litres, ran a bit short then!

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Old 27 April 2009, 10:02   #2
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Short of cutting the deck out, there is no easy way! If you are seriously thinking along those lines would you not be quicker & easier (& probaly cheaper) just trading it in for one with an underdeck tank?

No idea what consoles & seats you have in there, but I usually carry 2 hulk 30L tanks that fit nicely between the A- frame braces (I guess you might manage 3 across the stern of a Destroyer if you have a transom mounted frame?), and a 22l that tucks nicely under the console - grand total of 82L. I can if need be carry another Hulk 30L wedged in between the two stern tanks & the back of the jockey seat, and also another 30L up at the bow.

It's a pain in the @rse if you want to move about the boat, but it is 134 L, which is enough for most escapades with a 60.......
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Old 27 April 2009, 13:10   #3
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Wouldnt bother. If you want an integral tank I would go for the consol which will take a 90 litre fixed tank inside and fit that instead. Underfloor tank = a big surface area of fuel that can shift towards the stern as you get on the plane and upset the balance. Also you are going to be relying on a fuel guage -which are not the most accurate of things at time, esp when the fuel is contained in a shallow tank. A fixed tank in the consol means you can have a look in it and perhaps use a precision guage made from a length of broom stick to see how much is actually in there .
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Old 27 April 2009, 13:25   #4
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Does anyone have ideas as to how I could retro fit a below deck fuel cell to a 5m Humber destroyer?

I get a bit paranoid about having 75 litres or so on deck in puka tanks to keep up with the big boys on tour aka Clyde rib trip last August from Glasgow city centre to Loch Goilhead and back , 80 miles = <>80 litres, ran a bit short then!

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Hi Carrick it is a problem but even I with a 40 gall under deck tank still have to carry extra in polies if I am going up the west. I do nknow you can get an inflatable tank for extra from either Tidel or Rib shop if that would help, but really it is only a smarter version of carrying extra polies.
I see you are SW Scot where abouts as I am Girvan?

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Old 28 April 2009, 05:57   #5
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The other advantage of multiple portables is if one of them gets punctured or filled with water, you have only lost max 30l, as opposed to loosing the entire fuel supply.
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Old 02 May 2009, 13:22   #6
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Thanks all

A bit dissapointed but you do raise some interesting points.

Spose its a must no do to go to the pub on a sunny day with all that flamable material on deck - ho hum.

Jambo - I'm aground in Killie most of the time, the Mariner blew up shortly after my Clyde trip (well under the Erskine bridge actually, but it got me back to launch point at Yoker Ferry, 3 cylinders good - 2 cylinders not so good!) - now rebuilt under warranty (well part of it!) but bummer is I have to run it in again! so its Loch Ken for me most of the summer!

Would defo be up for a trip out round the Craig in company - watch this space.

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