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05-28-2007, 06:44 AM
There was a small piece in Waterski Magazine a few years back that showed a dockside gas filler. It was made with about a 3 foot piece of pvc pipe (4" or so) and it tapered down to a thin piece and then a flexible clear hose that you insert into the tank. This contraption allowed you to stand firmly on the dock and fill the boat with a portable 5 gal tank. It mounted on the side of the dock. It even had a cover and a slot to store the hose when not in use.

Has anyone made one of these and if so do you have instructions and maybe some pics? Thanks.....

05-28-2007, 09:08 AM
I did not see the magazine article, but noticed that there is something similar to what you describe for sale on Ski it again. Here is a photo and a link to the ad:

T Scott
05-28-2007, 09:30 AM
Here you go.....


Build a Funnel
By Todd Ristorcelli (more by this author)
click for larger photo

With the rising cost of gasoline and to be environmentally friendly, make sure you get every ounce of petro in your boat and not in the lake. We made this homemade funnel for 23 bones after a visit to Home Depot.

The Ultimate Funnel
Materials Needed: one 4" schedule 40 PVC cap; one 2-foot piece of 4" schedule 40 PVC pipe; one 4" to 2" schedule 40 PVC reducer; one 2" to " pipe-thread bushing; one " pipe thread to " hose barb coupling; one 3' or longer piece of " hose; one " stainless-steel clamp; one " by 2" lag bolt; one 1" by 5" eye bolt; seven washers and one can of PVC glue.

The Do-It-Yourself Instructions
1. Cut slot in PVC cap to slide over lag bolt once mounted on dock. The cap will keep bugs and water out of your funnel.
2. Cut a 1 1/2"-by-1 1/2" square hole into the outer side of the 2-foot piece of PVC pipe. This will allow the top of the funnel to hold your hose and give you a place to rest the lip of your can while pouring.
3. Using PVC glue, attach the 4" to 2" PVC reducer to the 4" pipe.
4. Next, glue the 2" to " pipe thread bushing to the reducer.
5. Screw in the pipe thread to hose barb coupling.
6. Attach hose to hose barb. The hose must be long enough to reach the boat. In some cases, you might need 3 feet of hose and in other cases you could need 10 feet of hose. Be sure you can put the hose through the eye bolt that is going to hold the bottom of the funnel to the dock.
7. Secure hose to hose barb using stainless-steel clamp.
8. Attach the top of the PVC pipe to the wood post using the lag bolt. Remember that the top of the funnel should be at waist level for easy pouring and the bottom of the funnel should be slightly higher than the boat.
9. Use the 1"-by-5" eye bolt at the bottom of the PVC pipe to hold the hose and the bottom of the funnel in place.

05-28-2007, 10:36 PM
Thanks to both of you....appreciate the response!

Workin' 4 Toys
05-29-2007, 12:08 AM
fill the boat with a portable 5 gal tank. It mounted on the side of the dock.
5 gallon cans?? This is what we use......

Siphon hose (http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Siphon-Self-Priming-Pump/dp/B000BG1X54/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-7042637-3378823?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1180411589&sr=8-1)

05-29-2007, 12:13 AM
5 gallon cans?? This is what we use......

Siphon hose (http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Siphon-Self-Priming-Pump/dp/B000BG1X54/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-7042637-3378823?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1180411589&sr=8-1)

here's how we do it:o


05-29-2007, 12:16 AM
do it yourself kit?

http://item.express.ebay.com/Vehicle-Parts-Accessories_Aviation-Parts-Gear__SIPHON-GAS-DIESEL-WATER-RV-OIL-AQUARIUM-BOATS-AVIATION3_W0QQitemZ160053497594QQihZ006QQddnZVehic leQ20PartsQ20Q26Q20AccessoriesQQadnZAviationQ20Par tsQ20Q26Q20GearQQptdiZ2877QQddiZ1168QQcmdZExpressI tem

Workin' 4 Toys
05-29-2007, 12:16 AM
here's how we do it:o
If I was drinking something when I saw that, it would be all over my monitor...Good one...;)

east tx skier
05-29-2007, 11:22 AM
I bought all the parts to make the funnel one day a few summers ago. When looking for one last part at WalMart, I came across this for $19. I returned all the other stuff and bought it. Works fine and is more portable. Essentially a siphon hose just like W4T's, but probably 3x more likely to break. :)