I am looking for a good family boat with a portable fuel system because the boat will be used on a lake with inconvennt access to gas or a dock from which a fuel caddy could be used. Basically the boat will be anchored and I don’t want to pull it out every time to fill it and I am wary about gas spills from a jerry can. I see that the smaller Bayliner element models come with portable fuel systems. Is anyone aware of other options or have other suggestions. Thanks very much.
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#570195 - 01/31/1812:40 PMRe: Looking for a good family boat with portable fuel system
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Thanks. I had in mind a bow rider (preferred) or deck boat for a family with three middle school kids. We would use it for water sports, visiting friends along the lake and maybe a little fishing. I figure around 18 feet. Outboard or inboard powered doesn’t matter so much. Thanks.
#570198 - 01/31/1801:04 PMRe: Looking for a good family boat with portable fuel system
Just a quick thought....not on the gas situation but on the boat....I used to have a 20' bowrider. Before I bought it I had in mind an 18' boat with 8' beam. After sitting in it and trying to visualize how it would work with our three middle schoolers, coolers, a couple of friends (kids that age can't do thing by themselves!!) I decided an 18' boat just wouldn't work.
I ended up with the 20' boat with an 8.5' beam and at times THAT was a bit crowded. So just a piece of advice--> When you go looking at boats, take mama and the kids and a couple of coolers along to see how it all fits.
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#570202 - 01/31/1808:43 PMRe: Looking for a good family boat with portable fuel system
That shaker hose that captkevin is talking about is great. I have used it for a similar application you are talking about. I have a 20 foot long 8.5 beam open bow that we take to an inland lake my BIL/SIL in WI where they have a summer place (among other places). No fuel on the lake and the closest gas station is not set up for trailer. Everyone leaves their boats tied up on the beach for the season and filled with 5 gallon cans. Now every one on this stretch of beach has a shaker hose. Can empty 3 5 gallon cans in a few minutes.
This may open your search as finding a boat like you are looking for may limit your choices. Many boats even with an outboard have an onboard built in tank.
GFC is right about the size. I have 3 kids and they always have friends aboard, to the point the admiral gets left on the beach, and our boat has a 10 person capacity.
Are you looking for new our used.
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#570207 - 02/01/1809:19 AMRe: Looking for a good family boat with portable fuel system
People at my dock use 5 gallon gas cans while on the lift. I am not a fan of this but the HOA doesn't seem to mind as it's the president that I often see doing it. As for me, I fill up prior to launching the boat and will haul it out when it gets close to empty. Lugging 60 gallons of fuel in cans is not my cup of tea when the gas station on land is 3 miles away. Unfortunately the OP doesn't have this luxury.
On Holiday I completely agree with you on not wanting to haul 60 gallons of fuel but 10-15 gallons is much more doable & often just enough. Not sure how people on you dock transfer the fuel but using a super siphon is very easy & without spilling.
One has a gas caddy type system with an actual fuel pump that is fed by gravity, most of the others fill their boats like using a 5 gallon can how most people fill their lawn mowers. My dock is a shared dock with 8 slips, each dock is deeded to the house. I would hate to be filling my boat and have something happen that causes damages to 7 other boats plus the dock.