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I own a Freeman 23 with a Ford Sea Wolf petrol engine fitted.

Has any one ever converted to GAS so you can use both fuels?
I way wondering what the economy would be like compared to petrol.I know the storage cylinder could be a problem.

As a matter of interest I get about 2.5 hrs cruising on 1 Gal of petrol.
Is this about normal ?  I know diesel would be better and per litre is cheaper but a diesel conversion would be too expensive.
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In a car, you lose about 5-10% power when using gas. Logically, therefore you would need to use 5-10% more fuel for the same power. As I see it, you are going to have to overcome three main problems by using gas. The first is where are you going to store enough gas to make it worthwhile. Sixty gallons of LPG is going to take some gas locker to store.

Second, LPG is even more volatile than the petrol you already use. Consequently the BSS reflects this.

Third, where are you going to get LPG on the broads at the sort of prices you pay at the pumps?

Finally, a DIY gas conversion for a car will cost somewhere over £1000. Add to that the cost of tanks and a new locker. You may as well go for a Diesel conversion.

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Thanks for the information bounty.
Just toying with ideas at the moment.

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Gas conversions are very tricky you would be well advised to talk to the BSS office in Watford. They cannot be examined by ordinary BSS examiners.

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Thanks for the information Bill.
With both the above comments I will now fill up with petrol and enjoy my boating.
Just got to make sure I dont run out of gas for the bacon and eggs . Smile



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