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Fuel Tank

Aramis has a 45-litre cylindrical stainless steel fuel tank that spans the starboard and stern cockpit lockers. The filler neck is rather small, so there is a large funnel to speed up the filling process.

The tank is fitted with a drainable sump below the fuel take off and breaths through a tube near the companionway.

Part of the fuel tank seen from inside the starboard lazarette.

The breather tube

There is no fuel gauge, so we have calibrated a dipstick. To make sure that we got it right, this is how we calculated the volume of fuel remaining.

What we need is a table that gives us the volume of fuel V against the dipstick reading h.

All we know is the diameter of the tank d and its length l.

If we consider the cross-section of the tank, we know that the volume of fuel is equal to the area of the sector A multiplied by the length l.

We need to find the area A.

This is simply the area of the segment S minus the area of the triangle T.

And now for the trigonometry:

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At cruising speeds we average between 1.2l and 1.5l per hour, depending on the sea state and our course relative to the waves. This gives ARAMIS a comfortable 24 hour cruising range.

The fuel filler