Originally Posted by slimtim
Using a funnel is all very well but sometimes there isn't room to stick in a funnel and even if you could, pouring from a regular 25 litre tank would be difficult without a dedicated spout thingy attached (like you get with some jerry cans). Those Jiggle syphons are a good idea but probably a little slow for filling up at sea?
I will probably go for the Plastimo tank that is shaped more like a jerry can, then I get the best of both worlds!
SlimTim.... Understand your point, a friend of mine has his fuel filler cap located on the side of his consol, problem is its way to close to the tube to get a fuel pump in correctly and at a silly angle to be able to fit a funnel into, so he uses a funnel with a lenght of tube which reaches into the filler pipe leaving the funnel part above the top of the tube, this works ok on dry land but at sea
its a night mare.
So to combat this he fills up full on land and in the comfort of a petrol station and if we go long distances carries spare fuel in a plastic 24l portable tank on the deck, this he can then connect into his existing fuel line should he run dry during the trip, this seems to work quite well.
My fuel tank is probably the best i've seen yet, it was made to measure and fits exactly under the seat, its capacity is 55lts which gives me a cruising range of 120 ish N miles the filler tube comes directly out the back of the seat and rises up above the top of the seat, this makes filling up really easy with no spills, i've even refilled at sea with great ease, there is a drain bolt at the bottom of the tank to drain it dry, the tank is held down by 4 heavy screws into wood plates on the deck and is a really easy job to remove for cleaning and maintenance, one of the first things i did was to cut an inspection hatch in the top making maintenance even easier.