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Jan-22-2007 @ 1:39 PM                           Permalink
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In another topic, by Dibbler (Reasons To Cancel MBM Subscription - Part 1), the spectre of increased diesel prices raises its ugly head once again.

Rather than hijack his thread I thought I would start a new one on ideas to combat this price rise.

I’m sure that with all the inventive and resourceful members here we can come up with a solution, here’s a few to start the ball rolling.

Fit oars to the boat and always invite lots of friends/family when you want to go boating.  Explain that this is very environmentally friendly and healthy too. Advertising at the local weight watchers may get you a crew.

Leave the broads for the canals and buy a horse.  (Retro boating).  Again very environmentally friendly and just think how the rhubarb/roses will improve.

Fit an exceedingly large transom to your boat and only ever travel with the tide.

Stop fighting the government (it’s not big, it’s not clever and you can’t win) and emigrate (last one to leave the country please switch the lights out).

Graeme

All right so what is the technical name, sharp end or pointy end?

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As a stinky who likes to slum it in a rag and stick sometimes I have to say the best way to avoid the increase is to buy a yacht with a quant pole.  Also means you can see more of the wildlife!!

Cant believe I am saying this --- need to have some of Roya's pills

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I'm not sure if this idea is entirely suited to the tone of this thread (given that it's relatively serious), but does anyone know of any boats that have been successfully converted to run on LPG?

Given that the figures I've seen from road vehicles suggest that fuel costs for LPG powered vehicles are approx 50% of full-duty diesel, it might become a cost effective option, though much easier to apply to a new build than to retro-fit, I'd imagine. Of course the biggest problem with moving to a new fuel like LPG is the availability of refueling facilities, and I'm not sure how long that might take to address.

Actually, being the sort of person I am, I've just been idly wondering if it might be possible to safely run a small outboard motor on LPG, as that might be a safer and easier solution for trailer sailors than carrying an LPG bottle to cook with and a can of petrol for the outboard.

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BTP,

Two things.

1. Sailing is not slumming it, its messing the water up for the stinkies.

2. I am the one that is supposed to suggest fitting a rag and stick Smile

and I CAN believe I have just said that.



Gary.
Real sailors do it in dinghies.

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For those of you who yearn for eco friendly non saily boating.

It's no longer possible to use horse drawn boats on the Canals except certain trip boats with BW's permission.

Huskies?

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As for small outboards powered on LPG the answer is "yes" but beware the BSS forbids duel fuels.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2002/05/27/stories/2002052701820400.htm
http://www.edgetechnology.co.uk/kits.htm

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As for small outboards powered on LPG the answer is "yes" but beware the BSS forbids duel fuels.

Interesting, I'd not read any of the details of the BSS (yet), I wonder what the problem with duel-fuel setups is that is so bad that they're banned outright.

Fortunately, that shouldn't be a problem in the situation I'm thinking of, since the whole point is to reduce the number of different fuels that need to be carried, keeping the one that's easiest to handle safely (both in terms of fire and pollution risks).

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Hi Graeme....Is this what you had in mind? Les.


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To MR G Cantley,
Dear SIR Madam or all Three.
  

I note whilst being out last weekend on my (stinky)boat,there were indeed NO SAILEY boats at all on the Water.
From this i deduce all Saileys must be Wimps that talk a lot in nice warm rooms ,whilst us REAL broads lovers in PROPER boats with engines get out there and do it. Evil Grin

No doubt you will wait for a nice sunny warm spring day before you dare venture out again.

Tinhat LOL Cheers Exterminate Wink

roya

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Roy! Take your finger off the smileys button - you'll break something!! Mad

Danny

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