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Old 28-05-2006, 06:28   #1
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Sipping fuel.....

The big boat burns too much fuel. I had to down size, so here's the new boat
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Old 28-05-2006, 07:56   #2
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Perhaps you could grow a field of corn on the foredeck. convert that to ethanol and run a 75% ethanol and 25% gas thus saving alot on gas. On second thought you could take that same corn and feed it to hamsters ina a habitrail and then hook the habitrail up to a saildrive and really be fuel efficient. Then maybe you could get a bigger boat. BTW how many berths does that boat have?
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Old 28-05-2006, 08:03   #3
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GAS!! not just no but, $%^&& NO. Mines going diesel. It's too small to have any berths. I'm planning on just using it as a tender.
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Old 28-05-2006, 08:25   #4
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Bio Diesel

Hi Pat and Rick:

Rick I had mentioned to you in a PM about Biodiesel. Pat what do you think about Biodiesel. I have made some experimentally and have not had the guts to try it out on my tractor. Everything I've read seems like it would be fine especially if you have a clean fuel tank. I guess another problem might be any natural rubber parts in the engine that are contacted with fuel will fall apart.
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Old 28-05-2006, 08:35   #5
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Charlie,
I've runn B100 in several vehicles and have one Yanmar test boat. As you said, the rubber is the biggest problem second to a dirty tank. Bio is an incredible cleaning agent. i've used it on a few nasty boat tanks lately. You'll notice a little less power in the tractor but otherwise it'll run normaly untill you clog filters. Go for it.
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Old 28-05-2006, 08:45   #6
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Thanks Pat:

I've bought a couple of 250 gal tanks so that I can make it. I've got three diesel rigs. When I finish building my house I am going to start working on getting set up for making biodiesel. With prices over $3 a gal it makes it worthwhile.
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Old 28-05-2006, 09:55   #7
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Charlie:
I wouldn’t worry too much about the biodiesel dissolving natural rubber engine parts. If you discover fuel leaks or filtre clogs, the replacement parts are E-compatible, readily available (ubiquitous since 1993), and fairly cheap.

Here an excellent site, written by people who make their own biodiesel.
The Collaborative Biodiesel Tutorial Team:
http://biodieselcommunity.org/
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thanks gord:

I'll try my biodiesel on the tractor and then one of these days I'll try it on my boat.
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Charlie.

Keep us all updated on how your "biodiesel" truns out. And how did your tractor handled the homemade biodiesel?

I am very curious!!
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So after your kids have had play time in the bath, I suppose you hop right in and play with it as well.....
Of course, the rubber ducky would be....really... a rubber ducky.
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I'll let you know. I'm going to try and run it tommorrow with the bio D. I only have about a liter or so but I will be interested in seeing how it runs.
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Please report back to let us know how the engine runs on home-made fuel.
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