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Old 10-11-2011, 19:47   #1
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Fuel Question

I own a Perkins 40hp in my sailboat which lives in the water year round. Can I use diesel fuel from the gas station? I realize marine grade and autograde are different, does it matter? Where I live, it is much easier to bring fuel in 5 gallons at a time as opposed to sailing to a marina that sells fuel.
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Re: Fuel question

there are many threads on diesel fuel--yes, you can
' it works fine. just dont spill any into water.
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I own a Perkins 40hp in my sailboat which lives in the water year round. Can I use diesel fuel from the gas station? I realize marine grade and autograde are different, does it matter? Where I live, it is much easier to bring fuel in 5 gallons at a time as opposed to sailing to a marina that sells fuel.
This is a misconception, gas station diesel is fine.
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Re: Fuel Question

I haven't noticed much difference in performance between marine and automotive diesel. Just buy clean fuel to start with and keep it clean.
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Re: Fuel Question

I have used road diesel in my boat before without any issues. I add Mystery Oil in it for more lubricity since road diesel in the US is ultra-low sulfur.
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I have used road diesel in my boat before without any issues. I add Mystery Oil in it for more lubricity since road diesel in the US is ultra-low sulfur.
In a test by a member of the
The Diesel Place (A. D. Spicer)
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17) Marvel Mystery Oil
Gas, Oil and Diesel fuel additive (NOT ULSD compliant, may damage
2007 and newer systems)

HFRR 678
, 42 microns worse than baseline fuel.
320:1 ratio
10.4 oz/tank
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Lubricity Additives >>>> Lubricity Additives
& >>> Lubricity Additive Study Results - Diesel Place : Chevrolet and GMC Diesel Truck Forums
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Re: Fuel Question

been doing that for years. there's a shell station on the way to the marina that gets a lot of truck traffic so i know the fuel is fresh. also cheaper than the fuel at the marina, even though i'm paying road tax at the gas station. and after a fueling accident at a marina i actually prefer to jerry jug - also gives me a chance to do a 'final' filtering as i pour the jerry jug into the tank through my baja filter...
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