Fairly sure MDL at Chatham had a price for petrol last time I went past.
My first 2 mobo's were petrol. All I could afford at the time.
All my prior boats were petrol because thats what my cash could buy,even the very inadvisable purchase of a dreadful american heap of a Regal "sports boat" with twin mercruiser outdrives which never ever failed to let me down or cost me a fortune in bits even when it was running.
About as robust as an egg carton and about as reliable as a promise of good weather in August !
Last edited by oldgit; 05-03-12 at 19:18.
You would have to go through mutford lock to get petrol at lowestoft and from there you are right, no more petrol going north until possibly Grimsby. Don't know as I never turn left.
Chatham do have petrol but Gillingham are BP price plus about 5p
Even if the fuels are both as they are on the road, ie diesel about 7p per litre more expensive, you still get significantly more MPŁ than you do with petrol. In my Bayliner the difference was getting on for double. That's almost twice as far on a single tank. That together with the wider availability will mean diesel will always be favoured for cruising boats.
Last edited by neale; 05-03-12 at 21:18.
I guess a modern fuel injected petrol would be more efficient than my old one but I doubt you'd get down to 5.5gph at crusing speed.
But even if you had identical consumption, availability still lets petrol down the way it stands at the moment. When the boat was petrol powered, every cruise was planned around fuel stops and I always carried jerry cans and often filled up with them from roadside garages. It was a pain in the arms
Not necessarily if you are talking latest generation.
The new high tech petrols are giving torque and consumption figures at least in line with modern diesels and they are still substantially cheaper to buy.