Originally Posted by Palarran
Why do you need them? There's plenty of marina's in the Abaco's.
Isn't there any place to store a couple cans below deck in a fuel locker?
One of my pet peeves is anything left out on decks except rope
. I know it has to be done for passages but would be surprised that your boat didn't have sufficient fuel storage
I agree a clean deck is nice but:
On my last Bahamas
trip, I spent about 12 days working my way up through the northern islands and over to West End. With my 18-gallon tank that's only 1.5 gallons per day, which is a tight budget
if one encounters headwind, especially considering my alternator
is my only charging
source. The Grand Cays near the end of the chain would have cut that down a bit, but I'd hate to rely on them for fuel. I was aware of few fuel docks this winter that went a week or more without fuel. Walker's no longer has fuel. Crossing from there back to the U.S. could easily go through almost a tank if I had to motor
the whole way.
On a small boat, one issue is towing or stowing my dinghy
on deck. Having it on deck is much more burdensome than a few fuel containers.which can even be stored under the dinghy
A clean deck is nice, but for me, carrying some fuel is little burden and greatly expands my ability to go where I want, when I want. Given the relative protection of the banks and the fact I'll wait out bad weather
, I think carrying fuel on deck through the Abacos presents less potential problems than carrying it on deck for an open passage