Originally Posted by yotphix
I have to say, guesser, that it doesn't happen to everyone. I don't mean to sound arrogant but, I am a yacht engineer, and the vessel i work on will not ever run out of fuel while i am in charge of ensuring that. My gauges and their backups may fail, weather may surprise us, but running out of fuel is not an option. One simply needs to be very aware of their vessel and its function to avoid it.
It may be hubristic to say this, but I agree. I keep an hourly log and record fuel consumption (and I use a calibrated stick as I have yet to buy a Tank Tender set-up...) and at the end of each day I write a line with "est. remaining fuel/range" which assumes a cruise speed and a moderate sea and is about 1/3 overcompensated.
I could have a leak or a hose failure or bad diesel, but it would otherwise be pretty hard for me to "run out of fuel" because in the course of normal operations I had simply burned it off.
Besides, doesn't everyone carry a five-gallon jug in the shady spot on deck?