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Re: Replacement Gas Spouts
I agree completely that a shaker siphon is the way to go to transfer fuel to the main tank. The Sure Can looks interesting, but a connection at the bottom of the container makes me nervous. I'm sure they've tested it, but over how long in marine conditions.
I keep two spare fuel containers, both are one gallon size.
The first I use to keep a half gallon or less of diesel fuel to change filters as necessary. It lives in a compartment with enough room to accommodate a permanent top spout and thumb lever. I don't know the brand, but it's on the only one I've ever had that has not broken. However, since the spout can not be removed and reinstalled inside the can, it awkwardly takes up space.
The second is a backup gasoline tank that is stored in the dinghy bow locker. It must have internal spout storage to fit. All those mechanisms have been destroyed, even the latest, and this thread reminds me I need to buy another for next season. It literally jammed and broke, when I was emptying it for the winter. It requires twisting a collar to unlock, then pushing a notch on the spout against the lip of the receiving vessel, until a valve opens. The twist lock broke and caused the whole contraption to leak. Again. The pressure needed to open the valve is so great that it threatens knocking over the receiving vessel.
This new law was stupid. I've never spilled as much gasoline as I have with these new containers.
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