We have two 200 gallon tanks
(Carver 42SS). We used 200 gallons of fuel coming from Naples to Miami
about a month ago. Filled her up (added 200 gallons) and the bill came to about a grand.
Next week, we'll be going down to Key West
. Projections are about $2,500 in fuel costs alone.
I started a thread in the Motor
Boat 'room' called 'Alternative Fuels' as we're looking for ways to cut this price
. So far, have received a couple of good inputs and would encourage others to add their thoughts as I think everyone can benifit.
We have a lot of 'Battlewagons' (charter fishing
boats) down here. The increased fuel cost is just being added to the price
of the charter
. However, there are a lot of powerboats for sale
down here and some pretty good deals can be had.
I think the days of diesel
power is quickly ending and we'll start to see a shift to alternative fuels. The only stumbling block seems to be infrastructure issues. Conversion costs (for an automobile) is less than $500. But getting Veg Oil
or some alternative down to the boat in 55 gallon drums is a much larger undertaking than driving the Jetta over to the local fast food
joint and asking for their used oil
Sounds like a business opportunity to me!
Lee and Terry
Bare Essentials II
Dinner Key Marina