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Second tank??

Chrysalis currently has a 20 gallon fuel tank. While the Beta20 sips fuel, I've been considering adding a spare tank, doubling capacity and range.

The question is to arrange the new tank as a stand-alone, with all the associated filler, back-flow and feed lines; OR simply as a saddle tank, feeding and filling from the main?

I have the space behind the main that will allow mounting at (very near?) the same level, making hook-up fairly simple.

A valve and bit of line to tie into the primary, with a separate filler; or a large-bore x-fer pipe down low to feed/fill? Who's done either or other way? Any and all input appreciated.

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Re: Second tank??

Carry portable tanks and refill. It works for me.
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Re: Second tank??

Portable 5 gal tanks makes a lot more sense from a money perspective.

Less gunk in the tank(s) that way also. Keep them rotating and and only fill them when needed.
That saves the space you found for useful stuff like food, water, tools or spares.
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Re: Second tank??

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Portable 5 gal tanks makes a lot more sense from a money perspective.

Less gunk in the tank(s) that way also. Keep them rotating and and only fill them when needed.
That saves the space you found for useful stuff like food, water, tools or spares.
I'm clearly missing something important here. How does having extra portable tanks save space?

I guess the suggestion is stowing them on deck somewhere. Coincidentally, I don't believe that portable tanks are the answer simply because of how/where they have to be stowed and the resultant chafe, damage to decks and guard rails, the possibility of them spilling, being contaminated or holed. One tablespoon of diesel on deck makes for a very dangerous place at sea.

I carried some extra cans of fuel on deck on a voyage once and the single most irritating thing on that whole voyage was looking after those cans. Never again. My fuel will be in purpose-built tanks no matter what the cost.

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Re: Second tank??

Unless you're going to need the extra capacity on a fairly regular basis I would go the jerrycan route.
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