Methanol is a nasty fuel to handle and store. I worked extensively with it in the 80s in fuel and combustion research
. It burns clear and is one of the worst fuels to handle on a day to day basis. In indy cars we would see the methanol dance.
Its also used on naval vessels as an an antifreeze
and washer fluid for optics surveillance systems. Its one of the most feared stores on these vessels. Even more so than the munitions on board. Its where most of my time has been consumed in safety
It's a great drag racing
fuel which allows you to run high compression
and it provides excellent charge cooling
. These benefits have no correlation with our cruising needs.
Could you imagine storing lots of methanol on our yachts. Makes no sense.
$24 per gallon of methanol is highway robbery. It is a very cheap
fuel to produce. However brazil
has now abandoned its support of ethanol as a transportation fuel.
Ethanol and methanol have attracted some of the green fringe element. I suspect thats why every few years they appear again.
I wouldnt waste time with anything methanol related on a yacht.
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