Fuel, how much do you take out.

I was on listening in on channel 90 (i got to get a decent radio for my boat) and was amazed at the amount of fuel people were taking out with them.

Couple of boats were 500-600l liters.

I almost fell out of the boat.

600l of fuel would cost close to a $1000 more if its deseil.


Then one bloke took the cake. 1500L of fuel.

How much do people take when they head out?


I go all out 50l unleaded. I know breaking the bank just thinking about it.Money mouth

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50L unleaded

Mon, 2008-10-27 17:22

is breaking the bank mate lol...

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Yes tommo, I made that

Mon, 2008-10-27 20:26

Yes tommo, I made that comment tongue in cheek.

I only have 40hp so that is ample for where I travel.
If I think I will travel further I take a 10 l Jerry but never used more than 30l in 1 trip yet.

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you should carry

Mon, 2008-10-27 20:31

about 40% more than you need just in case

well thats what a lot of people have told me

i used to risk it in my first boat nearly got caught out once never again



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Mon, 2008-10-27 17:25

I always fill up before going out unless just doing a quick squid trip in the sound, so around 160L.

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we always fill up

Mon, 2008-10-27 17:31

our tank holds 180ltrs and every trip out we fill up as you never know how far you are going to go,we usually only use about 85 ltrs per trip but would rather not risk running out,(get towed in enough as it is (3 times) dont want that for running out of fuel as wellLaughing



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210L, fill up after every

Mon, 2008-10-27 17:32

210L, fill up after every trip. Most we have used is about 70L

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If its just in the river,

Mon, 2008-10-27 17:33

If its just in the river, whatevers in the tank (unless its empty),when wego in the ocean we normally fill it up before we go, about 60l. But it only being a small motor and a 4stroke it uses bugger all anyway.


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Fuel carried

Mon, 2008-10-27 18:31

I've got a 5mtr ali with a 60 etec,2 x tanks hotd a total of 90 litres,always leave with both chockers.Usual trip to the islands and running around uses between 35-40 litres for around 70-75nm.
Only had to open 2nd tank when towed mate back after he broke down 10 miles out. do as they do on cray boats ---use the neck of a pot and hose the deck off after,better than getting a splash,making the the old pooper close up just as you're getting going while dangling your bum over the side

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Mon, 2008-10-27 21:47

That's very impressive economy Carnarvonite. How does the boat go fully loaded for an island trip? Plenty of get up and go?



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Tue, 2008-10-28 10:33

Just a decky and myself ,a 130litre ice box and fishing gear is the total.Usual decky is the same as me 100kg.

The boat was originally built with a 60hp Lombardini diesel and a castoldi jet [was shown at Hillary's boat show 2 years back].The jet wasn't successful due to the weed here so pulled it out and added a etec 60.Usually sit on 4200-4500rpm works to about 20-22knots.Will probably change now as hve added a bimmy.Boat is 5+a little bit metre all 4mm plate ali centre conny

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Boat holds 300 litres, would

Mon, 2008-10-27 18:43

Boat holds 300 litres, would not head out wide without 200 litres on board. Better too much than not enough.

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fill up before I go - 210 lt

Mon, 2008-10-27 18:47

fill up before I go - 210 lt tank, always use about 80-100L but I never want to find out. In reality it only costs the first time you fill it from dry.

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About 25ltrs too fill up and

Mon, 2008-10-27 19:37

About 25ltrs too fill up and it lasts all day!Tongue out Then i come back with 10 or so ltrs.lol. Big donk hey.

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170lt unleaded

Mon, 2008-10-27 19:39

170lt unleaded

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Mon, 2008-10-27 19:45

Boat holds 120l but depends on where i fish to wether i top up or not.Usally keep it half full. Have filled it before and went from rocky out to the back of rotto and then back to point peron throuth the sound with stops all long the whole journey and didnt use half a tank.



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50 + 10

Mon, 2008-10-27 19:49

I take 50 litres and a spare 10l mini jerry stashed under the front seats of my 4.1m tinny.  Mind you I use more in car fuel than boat seeing as I only have to go 4km to the 100m line once at Tantabiddi. Laughing


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Mon, 2008-10-27 19:52

I fill her up before every trip. Use roughly half a tank each trip. My only concern is stale fuel, but refreshing half a tank I guess would keep it pretty good as long as I get to go out once a fortnight or so,


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we do the same

Mon, 2008-10-27 19:56

never let it run low and never had a fuel prob but if you leave the boat sitting too long ,the fuel would go off.had that prob in an old tinny i had years ago



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4 mile to get to 100mtr

Mon, 2008-10-27 19:53

you are damn lucky we got to travel at least 20nm,i think your spoilt there AdamSmile



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Usually 220, but not

Mon, 2008-10-27 20:29

Usually 220, but not always.  Never less then 100 though.



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Mon, 2008-10-27 21:27

95L if I am heading out, 40L or so if I'm just potting around the Sound.


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150L in mine. Always fill up

Mon, 2008-10-27 22:09

150L in mine. Always fill up before heading out. I set the fuel metering unit on the Lowrance and have it alarm at a certain level of usage.


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larger boats

Tue, 2008-10-28 08:55

most of those guys calling in are probably in larger boats. My old man has a 40ft Caribbean which holds 2000 liters so holding 500 isn't really that much, we usually keep 300L at a minimum. Its pretty sad after putting $1000 in the tank and the fuel gage not even register half...

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Tue, 2008-10-28 09:29

have 80litre tank and two 25litre full spares in boat with older 100hp mariner that likes a drink or two unleaded.  Always have more than we need on board plus spare oil for motor, just in case, plus plenty of water & plenty of cigarettes (for me) he he.

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144 Litres

Tue, 2008-10-28 09:42

As others have said - I normally fill up, unless the previous trip has been a short one. 

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Tue, 2008-10-28 11:00

160l for fishing I fiull up unless its family stuff then am happy to know I have 2/3 - 1/2 a tank for puttering around

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25 lt got me almost to the

Tue, 2008-10-28 11:42

25 lt got me almost to the 40 m mark stuffing round 2 river trips and still got 1/4 tank lest ... i love tinnys


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fuel load

Tue, 2008-10-28 13:32

have a 4.6 CC with 100 inbuilt tank.

head out full.

should work on 1/3 priciple. 1/3 to get out, 1/3 to get home then 1/3 reserve. thats what they teach ya. 

they also say to have your tank full to avoid water condensation blocking ya motor....

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Never leave home with out

Tue, 2008-10-28 14:15

Never leave home with out 300L on avarage only use 100L

I used to go to Mandurah every year and towed countless amounts of people in that had run out of fuel one bloke I've towed twice in the same day(he was smashed)there's  something about the inland waters no one thinks of getting stranded.