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Old 03-05-2010, 18:07   #1
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Extra Fuel Cans

Getting ready to sail to the Abacos for a month or so. Would like to know how to build a wooden board holder for some extra fuel cans on deck. I think it is a 2x6 board fasten to the life line stanchions. Any thoughts?

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yikes. 2x6 is fairly hefty. might that be overkill?
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We attached ours to the lifeline. We actually have covers for them. There are grommets that we use to route the line through, then in turn to through the handle of the cans. Seems more important what you set them on. But, if you don't have low enough lifelines. A 2 x 4 between the stanchions is also a convenient mounting mechanism.
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I would avoid lashing anything at all to the lifelines. Frankly my stanchions are a joke. I would keep extra fuel in containers lashed securely along the side deck. Where they would drain overboard should they leak. The pushpit or cockpit may also serve as suitable locations.
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Just something to think about. About three years ago I went to Home Depot and bought four of those grey re-cycled plastic decking planks, about 3/4" X 6" instead of wood. They've held up to sun, salt, and they don't need any finishing. Easy to cut and work with and they flex enough to follow the curvatures of stanchions without much pressure at all. They look like the day I put them on.
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For my last Bahamas trip, I tied them down on the cabin top just aft of the mast, just up from the grab rail - 2 on each side. They were easy to see over. I really liked that this did not inhibit moving forward in a hurry as tanks tied to stanchions might and they were also well out of the way of wave action in heavy seas.

The board systems I've seen usually consist of something a bit thinner such as a 1X6 lashed or bolted with U-bolts between two stanchions and then lashing the jugs to those.

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Some people build their fenderboards to do double duty and U-bolt them to stanchions to do this job. That's where the 2"x6" comes in handy. I like the recycled plastic idea. I can't picture the flex being a good thing. I'd like to know more.

I've also seen really neat stainless jerry can brackets made to fit in between stanchions. They capture the cans and positioned them on top of the cap or toe rail. I would put some wood or plastic planks down on top of the rail to distribute the load on the bottom of the can. Fashion the plank to "lock" into position on the rail. The whole thing clears up deck space. "I must to have it" as my Asian wife would say.
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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.
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Stored mine below between head and sink. Cleaned outside beforehand threw in a bit of padding and that was it. Never budged during rough weather, no smell and don't have to work around on deck. When I had to crack one it was done in the cockpit, cleaned outside after refuel and put back in its place from where it came.
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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? ...
A below deck, fuel locker?
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A below deck, fuel locker?

I call that a tank
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A below deck, fuel locker?
I have one, it holds 14 5 gallon jerry cans and two propane cylinders. It is seperate from the cabins and engine rooms and well vented and drained.

I have been on several mono's who had a locker under a cockpit seat which was the same. It may be smaller but should be able to hold 10 gallons to be used just in case.
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I looked on-line and there is a large bench seat which opens and two smaller compartments on both sides of the helm seat. I have no idea how big they are but theres a possibility.

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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 at anchor, I think carrying fuel on deck through the Abacos presents less potential problems than carrying it on deck for an open passage.
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