I sail a Tartan30 with an Atomic 4.
I have 4 what I call "low profile" plastic gas cans that fit perfectly between the hand rails on the cabin
top. I lash them there, covered with the silver reflective things most folks use to keep the sum out of their car windows. A little sturdier than a Space Blanket and very cheap
to buy and replace.
I have one of those shaker type syphon hoses that will reach all the containers, so I don't even have to unlash them to refuel. That is for long trips, OR when I am in an area where I just want to bypass the stupidly expensive gas prices.
When I go to the boat I have a NON MARINA source for LEADED GAS that the old Atomic 4 likes better.
I make sure to leave a little room in the plastic containers to allow for expansion from the heat.
I am always a little amused by all the FEAR about gasoline powered boats..Something like 85% of ALL boats are gasoline powered. It's like many other things has it's dangers but I believe good Seamanship including a good safety
routine of ALWAYS doing a SNIFF TEST then running the BLOWERS for a full 5 minutes, as well as doing a pre trip and periodic en route
visual check makes gasoline engines very practical.
If I store my empty containers I leave them on deck, with lids off to evaporate anything that might be in the container.
I have a carbon monoxide detector, and one of these days on this boat or a future one I hope to have a "sniffer" for other fumes.
As a young "Rescue Man" one of the very first calls I went on was on Vieques Island off Puerto Rico
, where 4 men
were on board a boat where 400 gallons of gasoline exploded. The effort to prevent the burning boat from drifting into the marina was tremendous but we pulled it off.
The recovery of body parts
was very gruesome so I am very aware of the dangers of gasoline if not properly handled.
I also am very careful about using the proper colored containers for the fluids they contain.
It's going to be a great trip!!!! Gas up and GO!!!!!