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Extending diesel motoring range in an emergency or one off situation, with short funds



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What is the issue?
Extended cruises require more than a typical yachts fuel tank capacity and it is often only a few particular legs of a voyage that require distance. Capacity can be augmented using collapsible fuel containers or ‘Jerry Cans’ but these are expensive for a one-off usage.

Why address this?
If you have an uncertain passage ahead, or are going into an area where fuel is scarce, undependable or is very expensive, it makes sense to increase your fuel carrying capacity in that occasion.

How to address this?
Go to the local dump and collect all the old oil drums you can find.

You will invariably find a scavenger who reclaims old oil drums and sells them at a very small price. Clean and dry them thoroughly and make certain that they are vented before use. Avoid any cans that had agricultural or industrial chemicals.


If you want to increase your capacity in a one off situation and do not want to retain that additional capacity this can be very cost effective. The cans may be given away at the end of the leg, burned or discarded.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.



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