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Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

Hey Folks,

I have a new Cal 2-27 with the fuel cap in the cockpit sole (gasoline, if it matters.) I'm having a hard time envisioning how to fill my tank without spilling fuel in the cockpit. Is there a gas can with a spigot-type valve on the bottom, like those Gatorade coolers? Or should I just use a standard gas can and only fill the can part way, so I can tip it down toward the tank before the fuel starts to flow? Any other ideas?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.
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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

There are funnels with long spouts, or an ordinary funnel with a wide mouth will do.

I fuel my boat the same way, and with an ordinary, wide-bell funnel, I don't spill anything. You need to stop periodically and check the tank level to avoid spillage from overfilling though.

Or, have someone watch the guage level if you have a gauge.
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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

Mine is in the cockpit sole. Is a lot easier to fill at a fuel dock that has a normal gas nozzle. I put 15 gal. in the hard way once, with a funnel. I still spilled a lot of gas... not really what you want to do with gasoline on a boat. You could siphon gas from a can placed on a cockpit seat.
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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

One other thing. I keep a wood stick handy to dip the fuel level. Let it air dry a little b/f tossing back into locker.
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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

Thanks guys.

Of course, two minutes after posting I found
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that has a valve like I described. So it looks like I have some options.
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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

Not sure about your area, but here in Ct the only fuel containers that you can buy are the ones with the safety spouts on them. They are suppose to be designed to prevent spilling. You can tip them into the fill opening and then open the spout/vent. They are a little slow to fill and also a pain in the a**, but you won't spill. We also cut a piece of spill diaper with a hole in it to put down around the fill.
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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

Thanks Barquito. I do have a wood dipstick. The guy I bought the boat from said he got it from the owner before him. That was 28 years ago!
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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

I to have my gas fill in the cockpit. I fill exclusively from cans as the pumps are to fast and the fuel backs up the fill pipe and spills all over. The previous owner of 27 years did the same thing, neither of use can figure out why this happens. The fill pipe seems big enough and is straight down to the tank with no bends or obstructions, only 6 - 8 inches, and the vent seems to be clear. Oh well....

I actually prefer the cans with out the valves, and I just put my thumb over the end until it's over the fuel fill (and keep one of the absorbent pads handy). I may spill a few drops this way, but not much at all and it evaporates before I'm done fueling. The valves are handy for not spilling, but then you have to hold them open (at least the ones I've found) I can't find any cans without the valves anymore, so I'll often switch the one none valve top I have left between cans.

Either way, valve or no I would stress about it too much. The nice part about having the fill there is it's easy to fill on the water if needed without hanging over the side (Still shut down the engine, close the hatch, run the blower, etc) and if you spill a little, it's not going in the water and is easy to clean up. Just be sure you can take the time to let everything air out well, and run the blower for a while after filling as always.

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Re: Fuel cap in cockpit: what kind of gas can?

Some fuel tanks have an extending pipe inside to close to the bottom.I guess there were reasons why this was popular. {foaming diesel?} But it prevents filling the tank faster than the vent will allow air out .I T'eed into the deck fitting{ up close} a larger vent hose which comes into play when open to fill. Actually, I ganged both deck fitting together and open both while filling .Good breathing allows me to take on 800 liters quickly without spitting.
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