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Old 07-08-2012, 03:37   #1
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Petrol Storage in the Boat

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to store petrol in a inside a boat so that it wont go ka-boom.

everyone's got LPG which in my opinion is in a similar ka-boom category and that's now a pretty normal safe installation, so what about standard petrol or two stroke fuel

i have a spare stainless tank that i could customize for the purpose, and have the fill and vent lines go directly outside the boat etc.

I know about sniffers to detect the fumes, but really what i would like to know is how many people out there carry petrol in their boats and what issues have you had and what preventive measures have you put in place.

basically i have three months worth of water and diesel stored on board and i would like to have some more fuel for the outboard on board but not have it stored on deck if possible.

thanks in advance for your time.

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Old 07-08-2012, 05:56   #2
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

I have in the past stored gas (petrol) in the anchor locker which is vented overboard;might have t remove it prior to anchor deployment/retrival.
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

If you have a cat, place the petrol in a locker in the bridge deck which has drain holes.

If you have a mono, you have to follow the procedure for propane or just be careful, cross your fingers, pray, etc....
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

Any where the petrol fumes cant accumulate, I keep my outboard fuel in the forward anchor locker, only two gallon container,

The outboard sits high and dry on the side rail, I leave fuel in it, but it is completely open to the air,

I personally hate petrol on boats of any kind, Even petrol driven ones,

Its to easy for the Kaboom moment,
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

ABYC H-24" Gasoline Fuel Systems will provide some guidance:
https://law.resource.org/pub/us/cfr/....H-24.1993.pdf
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

I have never seen anyone store propane or gasoline inside a boat. Always in an on-deck or in-deck locker.
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

As said above ! On deck in proper gasoline containers, even tyed to the stantions is better than inside anytime! Just my 2 cents
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

Aaah, the wonders of CF....if you haven't thought of something, someone else probably has. Thanks for bringing up the topic....

How much fuel are you considering having aboard?

This flashed to my mind:
Self-sealing fuel tank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Was thinking of having whatever container I keep my fuel in inside a locker with self-sealing, just in case there is a leak. Prefer to have it sloshing in a container rather than running over the decks...

Not that we cruisers are liable to have to deal with KPV's, but if it's good against that, it's good for lesser things too:
Sealathane - Self Sealing Fuel Tanks

And another:
Bulldog Direct Protective Systems Inc. - Explosion Proof / Self-Sealing Fuel Tank System

Love to know the foam they use.....and to get some.
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

basic solution:
If it explodes .... get rid of it or store it on deck in a vented locker.
Diesel engine, diesel or kerosene stove, kerosene back up lites.
Two stroke stuff belongs on deck ... or better yet, USE OARS (gee what a concept)
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As said above ! On deck in proper gasoline containers, even tyed to the stantions is better than inside anytime! Just my 2 cents
That's what I do for our little Honda generator's fuel. One five gallon can of gasoline sits on deck, secured to the shrouds. It moves around sometimes in pumping waves but it's no biggie. Would never have that stuff in the boat itself. Even the generator gets stored on the stern platform, regardless of whether or not it's got an empty tank.
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Re: Petrol Storage in the boat

Hm, the first 60 plus years of auxillary powered sail and power boats always had the tank inside the boat. My current boat had an Atomic 4 with the tank under the cockpit sole. Just emptied out the gas and filled tank with diesel when the Yanmar was installed.

Install an exhaust fan at the lowest part of the bilge and cycle it periodically. Open a hatch over or close to the lowest point in the bilge and sniff regularly, daily. Install a gas sniffer. That's about all that has been done in gasoline powered boats with internal tanks since Mr Otto invented the 4 stroke gas engine.

If the above doesn't work for you, build an airtight locker with over board vent store your gas in that.
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or better yet, USE OARS (gee what a concept)
I'll just row my 4 metre aluminium tender out and around that reef several miles away and troll for some mackeral shall I
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We have not had a outboard on our boat, for about 10 yrs. We row or sail our hard dink most everywhere. A lot cheaper, and its fun to sail !! Gas just costs to much and is to flamable for our tastes!! And rowing great exersize, probly the only exersize I get except for raiseing sails LOL it's bad enough to HAVE to buy diesel, so just as happy to not have to buy gas just to go visting or to the beach !! just our 2 cents ( Connie loves to sail the dink)
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