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Having returned the boat to Statham after a great holiday and watching the refuelling at 55p per litre (only 50p per litre at Wroxham, and been told can be obtained at 31p per litre from some smaller yards) the young lad doing the refuelling informed me that from next year so called red diesel would not be legal and all boats would have to use white diesel at probably double the price. Was he winding me up, or is this fact? And why isn’t the price of diesel standardised on the broads?
Dear Janine well the powers that be in Brussles have decided that red Diesel we use as commercial fuel must not be used for pleasure .there fore boat owners will use the same OIL that runs their centeral heating systems and any farmers lucky enough to have boats will run on tractor fuel . at the moment red diesal costs about 12pence a litre when bought in bulk so i leave it to you as to who is making the money. regards roy.
My last boat had an inboard diesel engine and I used to fill up at that little boatyard on South Walsham Broad. It only cost a few pounds and the boat was so economical that one tank full would last me two years. Mind you, it was a sailing boat so it had alternative propulsion. It always surprised me that you could use commercial diesel in a boat, so if this is being stopped, this is not entirely unexpected. The variation in price is due to competition (or lack of it).
My current boat has a 4 stroke outboard. A lovely smooth engine, but they drink petrol and petrol is hard to get on The Broads. I usually fill up a spare can at my local garage.
Anyway, glad you enjoyed your holiday Janine. Tell us more.
Dear Nigel the answer will be to have oil fired heating at home run it on L.F.O buy 500galls a year at 12 15 pence a litre and run your boat on it as well.i am sure this goes on in road traffic as well.illegal on the road of course. but can you really see the dept of transport dipping boat tanks, if BRUSsels has its way.and any way if your boat has warm air heating you will be allowed to have L>F>O>on board to run it.