Originally Posted by rdw
I am doing the Caribbean 1500 ( Hampton Virginia to Tortolla). I have a 46 foot boat.
We have purchased a 50 gallon fuel bladder for additional fuel reserve. We are planning on putting it on the deck in front of the mast. My question is weight and placement of that weight for optimal safety and boat handling. Below in the bilge would be the best place for the weight but I have no room below.
Any body got any experience or advice?
Fifty gallons of diesel weighs in at about 358 lbs and I can guaranty you that you don't want a bladder that weighs in at that much rolling around on your fore-deck and it will roll, I can guaranty you of that.
Your Morris is fitted with a 75 gallon tank of which at least 70 gallons is usable. The typical engine for that yacht was a 56 hp Yanmar the burns roughly a gallon an hour and should give you about 6 knots on your water-line. You might want to carry a couple of jerry jugs of spare fuel, which can be lashed to boards fastened vertically between two of your stanchions on each side of the yacht just aft of amidships (and they'll be protected to some extent by the bulworks) but beyond that you really shouldn't need much more fuel than that for the trip--and surely not 50 gallons. After all, it is only 1500+/- miles.
Frankly, you may have other things to be concerned about as that Rally can be fairly challenging. The mere fact that there are other yachts around you with a similar destination guaranty's you nothing vis-a-vis safety. Remember, there were 320+ yachts in the Fastnet in '79, all sailing the same 600 mile race, and yet there was carnage.