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Carrying More Diesel

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I note that another blog here has illustrated a much nicer way to carry more diesel than my, um, cruder one -- lots of line 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 01-13-2015 at 08:04 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 08:50 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 (fixed and feathering) 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 almost never.

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

    Updated 12-12-2014 at 08:17 AM by Loren Beach
  3. Rick R.'s Avatar
    I carry two on board. They are great for transferring fuel.
  4. Loren Beach's Avatar
    Back in PDX today for a few days while the boat rests in Astoria...

    I syphoned most of the fuel from the two cans on deck when south of Grays Harbor and it became clear that the wind was rising into the 20's and seas were building to 3' and 4' and beyond. We knew we would be turning sideways to the waves when heading in over the Columbia Bar and did not want any deep rolls to starboard to surge the fuel in the less-than-half-full tank away from the exit fitting. Any air in the fuel line could likely stall the diesel at a moment when priming it again (or even maybe more than once) would be quite difficult.

    So with most of both cans transferred we were back up to around 3/4 full. There was still a half to one gallon left in each can, but later the cans will be picked up easily and the remaining fuel poured in, in quiet waters on the river.

    Engine ran fine for the mile we had to turn back to the east north-east to head in. The wind and seas were from the NW.
    That put the wave train coming right at the beam.
    No waves broke over us but the wave tops threw spray across the foredeck and cabin top. Still had the jib up and that helped greatly to prevent the boat from snap-rolling back quick after a big sea passed under us.

    That syphon with the rattle-valve in the bottom is really a good thing to have around.

    Once in the harbor the wind built to over 30 in gusts. Nice to be able to run with it and get to shelter before it got really gnarly.

    Updated 11-19-2016 at 09:25 PM by Loren Beach
  5. Rick R.'s Avatar
    I think that rattle siphon refuels better than the nozzle at the fuel dock Loren. No gurgling or foaming diesel fuel.