Hi. Just bought a Tartan 27-2, repowered with a Westerbeke diesel
. The Westerbeke
manual says I should use #2 diesel
with a cetane rating 45 or better. I am wondering if I can use diesel fuel
from an automobile gas station. I will check the cetane rating but otherwise I assume its okay.
I checked the pump at our marina and it said their diesel was 500ppm. The gas station said it is 30ppm. Sounds like the boat diesel fuel
, in spite of its slightly higher cost (and lower taxes) is a lower quality fuel. Hence my thinking the auto fuel is okay.
Anyhow, I am asking because it is probably easier for me to carry a gallon to the pier than to manuever the boat to the gas pump (tight spot).