T.N.: BoatU.S. doesn’t recommend emptying tanks (or mostly emptying them)
for at least two reasons: One is that
this type of storage enhances the possibility of condensation and absorption
of moisture by ethanol in gas. Even
without the ethanol, there’s likelihood
of condensation, which you don’t want
in any gas.
Storage in a heated building
is unlikely to be as problematic as
it would be if the boat was outside.
However, the National Fire Protection
Association recommends against empty
fuel tanks in storage facilities because
they contain far more explosive vapors
than a full tank. Also, some local fire
codes, not to mention the facility itself,
prohibit having empty tanks inside.
You’ll probably need to fill and treat.
Gas is typically said to last a year with
It’s possible, but getting more difficult
due to the federal ethanol mandate, to
find ethanol-free fuel in many areas of
the country, and you should use this if
you can. (Search pure-gas.org for stations
near you.) I go out of my way to get this.
Choose your dispensing stations well. Be
sure that whatever fuel you get comes
from a good source and is well filtered
before you fill up.
I read your article online about anchor-
ing, “Ground Tackle: Selecting Anchors
and Rodes.” I do something slightly
different and wanted your feedback
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chain is lowered a few more feet, switching pressure to the more elastic snubber instead –
stopping the jerking of the boat and protecting the windlass.