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I note that another blog here has illustrated a much nicer way to carry more diesel than my, um, traditional one -- light lines and lots of knots!
Still, we did use a "rattle syphon" to move fuel from the tank right by the deck fill when we were about 15 miles off the WA coast and the chop had subsided to where there were no splashes on deck. As always, it's cumbersome up on deck with two of us in tethers on a rolling boat. Got 'er done, tho.

From the dock at Astoria to the dock at Neah Bay was about 26 hours. Burned about 16 or 17 gallons. 6.8 thru the water average, but a lot of the passage SOG was slowed by a 1 kt contrary surface current.

For the record, our present diesel tank is a custom 19 gallon tank, that replaced the factory stock 14 gallon tank.

Here are some pix from today @ Pt Angeles,WA guest dock.
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Updated 07-15-2014 at 11:38 AM by Loren Beach

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  1. Christian Williams's Avatar
    I envy yellow, a much less shocking color than Plastic Red. And I can never get close to 6.8 knots on my 32-3, just over six is about it at 80 percent WOT. Your waterline 28, mine 25.8.
    Updated 06-22-2014 at 11:50 AM by Christian Williams
  2. Loren Beach's Avatar
    Actually the motoring thing has several facets...
    The stern sections on our design are much flatter than the King-designed Ericsons, and the amount of 'sailing' or 'motoring' waterline that we immerse at speed is closer to 30 feet or even a bit more. Plus, our newer three blade fixed prop (that indeed slows us down under sail) puts more torque to the water than any of our prior two blade props.
    FWIW, with a totally clean bottom and in 'light load' condition, we can maintain 7.2 kts at about 2500 or 2600 rpm. If we push the throttle to the stop there's maybe 7.4 kt available, but that's done seldom or never.

    You have a prettier boat with a lot (!) more storage and tankage... "everything's a compromise" as some wise person once observed.

    Updated 06-22-2014 at 12:27 PM by Loren Beach
  3. Rick R.'s Avatar
    I carry two on board. They are great for transferring fuel.