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I have a small 20 foot sailboat.

The PO sold it to me with a rather large red plastic tank that sits on the floor of the cockpit leaving not a lot of room for feet. Since I only use the motor to get moving in becalmed conditions, or to help get back to the mooring when things get dicey, and since my OB is only 5 HP which gets about 25 kmpg, and since my cruising area doesn't take me more than 10 miles from the mooring, I can't see the need for a tank any bigger than 2 gallons. And knowing that this is the case, the gas may sit in the tank for awhile. I can't see having a tank filled with enough gas for 12 hours of motoring filling up my cockpit.

With the above circumstances, what would others who also have a small sailboat, and who usually just sail, and maybe use the motor to get in and out of the mooring or dock, recommend for the size of the tank sitting on the floor of the cockpit??
 

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Maybe try a Google search on "Plastic outboard motor fuel tanks"?

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OK... it won't be EPA legal, but is there any reason why I can't convert a regular 2 gallon red plastic gas tank? After all, it won't ever be stored in an enclosed space, so there is no reason why it has to be have one of those terrible vapor seals. I have no locker in my boat. The gas tank has to sit on the floor of the cockpit stealing floor space from the Helmsperson.
 

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As the OP, perhaps some further clarification would be worthwhile.

I have a 6.5 gallon tank now. Since the boat sleeps 4(really good friends), has a portapotty, small stove, and sink with water tank, I could go on a 7 day or longer cruise where conceivably the 6.5 gallon tank(worth 13 hours of cruising on motor only) using my 5 HP Honda 4 stroke would be useful.

However for day sailing and the occasional overnighter, the 6.5 gallon tank simply takes up too much cockpit room for the helmsman's feet, and the crew opposite him/her.

I would like to find a 2 gallon tank somewhere.

This would give me 4 hours of cruising which would take me anywhere in the 45 square miles of cruising area that I currently use, and the additional 70 square miles that I might want to use for sailing. I generally don't go beyond about 6 miles from the coast.

I would be happy to make up such a tank myself, and I have found such tanks but unfortunately they are not available for the retail market. Perhaps someone knows of such a two gallon tank somewhere.
 
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