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Increased Fuel Capacity
My apologies to those who also follow Cruisers Forum - this is a duplicate posting.
We are (still) interested in a Pearson 34 CB for a cruise down the ICW and then the Bahamas / Northern Caribbean. The Pearson is one boat that seems to be a reasonable compromise (i.e. I can''t find a compelling reason NOT to buy one) with the exception of her limited (20US gal) fuel capacity. I would be much happier with 30 gal of diesel. I know I can carry a couple of jerry cans, but then you are challenged with getting that fuel into the tanks in the middle of the night when it is blowing 20kn and the seas are running 10 ft. (yes, i know I shouldn''t be out there motoring in those conditions, but humour me please).
So what are the viable options? I read about people adding additional tankage for water, but how difficult is it to add a 2nd tank for fuel? Or does anyone know these boats well enough to know if I could install a larger tank in place of the stock 20-gal one?
Or am I far too worried about it, and I should just buy the boat and 2 big yellow cans of diesel and go for it?
Thanks for your guidance.