Keep your drum up front in the bow.
Before mounting and filling, take the time to do a little custom fabrication...drill a hole in the bottom of the drum affix and seal a hose bib to the drilled hole. Then, simply thread on a garden hose and run the other end well inside your fuel fill. Open the hose bib and watch the fuel flow right into your tank(s). Usually, the bow is higher on most boats in relation to the fuel fills which are traditionally mounted astern. Gravity should do all the work for you.
Hope that helps.
HUH?? You put a 55 gallon drum up on the bow? How do you secure it down? Sounds like alot of wieght looking to come at you on a big wave.
Im sorry...should have clarified. I dont use a 55 gallon drum. I use a 30 gallon drum. As far as securing it down, I should have clarified that too... I have a 29ft walkaround so there is a nice secure area up front in which the barrel sits. I have two eye straps which are through bolted to the boat along with two stainless steel shackles that are secured onto each side of the barrell (the top of the barrell has a 2 1/2" lip that I drilled through) I then use ratchet straps from the shackles on the drum to the eye straps on the deck. Barrel aint' going anywhere.
Now obviously I know everyone has a different style boat...My intent was for the author to grab bits and pieces of ideas. This is what works on my boat.