Thanks for the concern. I followed the regulations
carefully while installing it. The tank has been tested for leaks
, properly vented to the outside. The area that the tank is in is passively vented fore and aft. I don't have insurance
on my boat, but I am sure that it is much much safer now than it was before. Cal40john, you are right that outboards do not need to be vented. Tanks
for outboards stored below decks (like mine) do need to be in a ventilated area except if they are properly vented to the outside, unless there are unprotected electrical
components in the same space. Since my battery
is in the same general area, I made sure to install the extra passive (louver) vent in the transom area.
27 gallons does seem a bit much, but I went through that much last year on my trip to block island, and this time I will be going about 350 miles between any kind of fuel
docks at one point and I don't know how much motoring I will need to do. Also we will be refilling the dinghy motor
off the same tanks
and doing lots of exploration with the dink.
I leave June 29th. We go from Brooklyn
, through NYC
, Long Island Sound
, Block Island Sound, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod
Canal to Provincetown, Ma. Then we cross the Gulf of Maine
and arrive at my family's cabin
in Moose Cove, near Lubec. Stay there for a few days and head
back down the Maine
Coast day by day.
I plan on posting
a big pre-cruise checklist before I go for everyone's approval. Hopefully I have done the research
and preparation to stand the safety
test of the forum!