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post #5 of Old 08-15-2004
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outboard fuel pump strength

Just a couple thoughts here Frank,
Don''t forget that 40 gallons of gas is going to weigh 250 Lbs. and if you are looking from a safety standpoint is the extra hazard of that much fuel offset by the ability to motor all the way ?
A sailboat is a belt & suspenders kind of transport anyway, if you can''t sail you can motor, but you can almost always sail even if very slowly. Slocum made it around the world with no motor. No offense, but many would consider extra food, water, sailcloth and equipment to make repairs or jury rig a sail in emergency to be a better safety margin than about half that fuel for the weight & space.
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