Not much... Lots of boats do that... even ones making longer passages, and aren't sure of what the fuel situation will be during the passage. If this guy had done it...it would have been less embarrassing and less dangerous... but he didn't.
The one thing is that you should have those jerry cans very securely lashed down, and preferably covered to protect from direct sunlight, and UV damages the plastic used in the jerry cans. The other problem some people have with using them is that they appear ugly and add more weight to relatively high up in the boat, since they're usually stored on deck, as the larger ones you don't want below or in a lazarette in case of a leak.. Most peopel would rather have the fuel go overboard than into the bilge.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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