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Old 11 November 2011, 03:34   #1
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Fuel capacity and range ability

The great Caernarfon to Wicklow in Ireland post got me thinking, as mentioned by some others, range can be an issue and I for one don't have the advantage of inboard fuel tanks so was wondering.

What solutions have any of you come up with for increasing your fuel capacity?

I could just increase the size of the onboard tank/tanks or get something fabricated?

Let me know what you've come up with and if you have any pics of your solution to this prblem which impacts of your range ability and it's something that I certainly would have to address before I could think about attempting something over about 45NM's

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Old 11 November 2011, 03:57   #2
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I carry up to 4- 20ltr jerry cans strapped to what was a bottle rack , now a seat. that and a 90 ltr inboard give a reasonable range for a 5m tornado circa 200nm depending on load and how heavy i am with the throttle.
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Old 11 November 2011, 04:02   #3
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Back in the day when I did longer trips, I carried 100L of petrol in portable tanks. People on here talk about "refilling" at sea - I wouldn't entertain the idea. The most you might consider at sea is swapping a fuel line to a new tank. For transferring fuel between tanks I used a fuel siphon (anti-static) to reduce the possibility of fuel spills.

Bear in mind that you may need to resupply in the visited port, so a supply of handportable tanks is going to be useful. In your case, I would consider a couple of extra 30L plastic tanks. I fitted some eyes so I could secure extra tanks. An advantage of several small tanks is that you can see where you stand, fuel wise, very easily. You can also donate a tank to someone in trouble.

A note of caution: Check your fire extinguisher, make sure it is stowed in an easy to reach location, ensure your crew know where it is...
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I carry 55l on the 4.5 as a standard load in 2 underseat containers. This gives me around 55 miles. Should I need more I carry a spare 25l (or two) and swop onto these as required. Normally carried in front of the consol or against the transon as loading dictates.

I prefer to swop tanks than try and decant at sea.
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Another vote for multiple tanks. my standard setup is two 30Ls wedged in between the A- frame struts, and a further 22l under the console. If extra is required there is space for another 30L ahead of the console & another 2 22ls under the seat. I could put a further 3 30L tanks across between the jockey & the normal tanks, but that is starting to get silly and means I have absolutely no deck space!

I also have short (like 3") hoses on the tanks and a short (about 18") "jump hose" with the primer bulb. I also have a line with a tail that terminates at the engine (lives in a short piece of pipe fixed to the A- frame when using the stern tanks) and has an engine connector at the front of the console. The idea being all I need to move is the "jump hose", so no lugging 30 KG of fuel around, and the bulb is always at the tank end of the hose. The reason for the short hoses was after a sneaky wave unbalanced me whilst changing tanks many moons ago, and as I fell over I hit the solid connector & sheared the fitting clrean off the top of the tank..... thankfully on the one I had just emptied! By using a short hose on the tank fitting it not only makes it easier to connect with gloves on, but vastly reduces the amount of fixed breakable stuff to get caught.
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Strap one of these to the deck. 102 litres. If you have room

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Strap one of these to the deck. 102 litres. If you have room

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I had thought about these. Tricky to carry up to the Shell garage...

Of course, with that much gas, you mightn't need to
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I had thought about these. Tricky to carry up to the Shell garage...
Trickier to carry back.

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These are the mutts nuts. Combined with the flexible pouring spout they offer a good solution. I've got a couple already & I'll probably get a couple more for the Ireland trip. Combined with the 2x90l inboards I should have enough to at least get me there, ish
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These are the mutts nuts. Combined with the flexible pouring spout they offer a good solution. I've got a couple already & I'll probably get a couple more for the Ireland trip. Combined with the 2x90l inboards I should have enough to at least get me there, ish
They cracking heavy duty plastic ones, just the ticket it you have somewhere to mount them.
Boy, just must eat juice with twin 115's.
I'll be measuring up this weekend to see what fits best.
Notice searching the net there are some designed to stand up rather than just lay down which would be better for me as they would take up less floor space.

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