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Old 07-30-2012, 07:55 PM
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Looking at getting motorcycle style jugs to keep on boat when taking longer runs. Anyone ever use any of these and how did they hold up. The ones I'm looking at can dump 5gallons in 9 seconds. I want something that isn't going to break after taking a beating in rough seas. Thanks in advance for any input.
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I want something that isn't going to break after taking a beating in rough seas.

Wow, a Roman candle comes immediately to mind ... ;?
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Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
i want something that isn't going to break after taking a beating in rough seas.

wow, a roman candle comes immediately to mind ... ;?
what?
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Originally Posted by cb_usmc View Post
Looking at getting motorcycle style jugs to keep on boat when taking longer runs. Anyone ever use any of these and how did they hold up. The ones I'm looking at can dump 5gallons in 9 seconds. I want something that isn't going to break after taking a beating in rough seas. Thanks in advance for any input.

every time i read things like this i shake my head in complete disbelief !

carrying extra fuel in plastic jugs,above deck ? this is a recipe for disaster...
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Many cruisers carry extra jugs for water and fuel I prefer the race jugs, from Jegs or summit Very duty and simple screw lid
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Originally Posted by jawz View Post
every time i read things like this i shake my head in complete disbelief !

carrying extra fuel in plastic jugs,above deck ? this is a recipe for disaster...
how is it different than having poly saddle tanks above deck or what many boats do, carry fuel bladders. ;?
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Not sure what your space requirements are, but I use Moeller fuel tanks strapped on the back of my jet skis when doing long distance trips. They've survived over 900 miles of constant banging so far. I would imagine there would be less abuse in a boat.
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what I have done in the past is fill my tanks to the brim and then when im about 100 miles out i would stop, refill my tanks with the jerry cans and then tie them all together and attach a weight to them then throw them overboard and mark the location on my GPS. I've done this a few times and never had a problem with doing this
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Originally Posted by TeamPelagos View Post
what I have done in the past is fill my tanks to the brim and then when im about 100 miles out i would stop, refill my tanks with the jerry cans and then tie them all together and attach a weight to them then throw them overboard and mark the location on my GPS. I've done this a few times and never had a problem with doing this
Wait. So you go 100 miles out, and sink the tanks? Or do you moor them for retrieval?
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I have this space beneath my engine and the hull on my inboard gasser. That is where I store the glass jars full of gas.

Just be sure and check the tin lids for salt corrosion every now and then. I find a lighter allows me to see well in the dark and confined bilge.
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Originally Posted by Capt.Willie View Post
I have this space beneath my engine and the hull on my inboard gasser. That is where I store the glass jars full of gas.

Just be sure and check the tin lids for salt corrosion every now and then. I find a lighter allows me to see well in the dark and confined bilge.
Wow thats a great idea!
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Originally Posted by Capt.Willie View Post
I have this space beneath my engine and the hull on my inboard gasser. That is where I store the glass jars full of gas.

Just be sure and check the tin lids for salt corrosion every now and then. I find a lighter allows me to see well in the dark and confined bilge.


Dang right, that's how I have always done it as well
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thats why i'm looking for new jugs...my lids rusted away.....just to be clear, when i say jugs they are made for fuel. not talking about milk jugs here.
http://www.thefind.com/sports/browse-5-gallon-fuel-jugs
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I used the jugs you are referring to in off road use. I probably have 10 of them with several being in use for 20 years. A PVC shut off valve works well for tricky applications like dumping into a boat.
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When I go on further overnighters I strap 4 - 5gallon jerry jugs on my bracket and empty them into the tank whenever I stop about halfway out. I do not see this being dangerous at all and they ride nicely back there.
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When we would run long trips say Ft. Myers to Dry Tortugas we would use 2 or 3 30 gallon drums. Made a diptube and connection on top of drums and ran fuel line directly to engines. Never had any issues. No one smoked.
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This is the way Tred Barta would take a 19' Mako to the gulfstream and fish for 2 days by himself.
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Did someone say JUGS ??

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This is the way Tred Barta would take a 19' Mako to the gulfstream and fish for 2 days by himself.
Yep--remember seeing the photos of him when he was a teen with that Mako and the fuel drums.
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Originally Posted by I'm on a boat View Post
Wait. So you go 100 miles out, and sink the tanks? Or do you moor them for retrieval?
Moor them for retrieval, that way they arn't in your way when your trying to fish

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