Originally Posted by Pearson10M
Thanks! I have taken a boater safety
course and have many hundreds of hours of lake experience. Just piloted anything this long, wide, and drafty.
FYI(Because You REALLY need to know this),
Your BoatUS membership
is a Gr8 idea, however, their Insurance
(Including the GOLD Version which we haven't let lapse since '92)
DOES NOT GO INTO EFFECT FOR 30 DAYS when 1st joining.
Consider either SeaTow or TowBoatsUS (<-not BoatUS affiliated) 'membership', even if only for the 1 month b4 Your BoatUS Coverage kicks in.
A fellow boater (INCLUDING STINK POTTERS, aka motor
boaters) familiar w/the waters (more of the RIVER than the ICW) is priceless. RIVERS are funny
creatures...they Never Stop Moving and they Never Stop Changing. When bouncing off the bottom w/a 6' draft
, things can get Very Squrrilly, VERY Quickly.
Your distance (looked online fm. here, SWFL) looks like the safest bet would be to REMOVE & Plug
off the existing Fuel Tank
and run the trip off 2-3(<3rd is Definitely Overkill) 5-6 gal. Jerry Cans connected aft of the fuel
filter/strainer exactly where the primary tank was disconnected. Change all filters even so, & You shouldn't have the 1st hiccup out of that sewing machine
, just remember to change tanks
b4 sucking air. Off Road (pink/red) Diesel
is fine. Somebody said 90%....I'd put it closer to 98% of engine
related 'flummex's' during a motoring trip such as Yours' are DIRECTLY related to CRAP in the onboard fuel cell
. Unless Your 10M's former owner had it pumped out, cleaned & polished, RECENTLY, I wouldn't trust it, period. Better safe than sorry, & being in a RIVER initially makes that even MORE Critical. Go SLOW & Don't forget, the river is taking You where You're going anyway....ONLY Your Motor
(& God Forbid Anchor(S)), will prevent You from going where IT Will Take You.
Not trying to sound like a 'worry wart', yet that's a gr8 looking Pearson
; I'm betting You want to Keep It That Way!