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Re: How important is fuel capacity?
We are short range coastal cruisers and day sailors so take this for what it's worth.
We spec-ed the 38' with 40 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of water. Honestly, more fuel than we need, and you can always use more water. If I had to do it again, more water, less fuel. Coastal cruising sporadically up here, we're not using a water maker. Doesn't make sense as we are in harbors and would not use it regularly which they don't like.
I think if I was long term distance cruising offshore, I'd trade fuel capacity against water capacity and keep a good water maker going. I don't know if that makes sense practically by those who are doing it, but I hope it's not thread drift to ask. Any boat has just so much room for tanks for both, the optimum mix would seem to be the relevant question.
Onshore, coastal, short term, more water, less fuel. Offshore, long term, passage making, more fuel, less water and a water maker.
Is that right?