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Ellaboat
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Topic for others motorboating on a shoestring?

I'm out of touch with current prices, but if by shopping around you can save £10+ on a tank of diesel simply by filling up a few miles further down river (as I did last year) WHY NOT.
The beer that you buy instead will taste all the better for it.

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I'm no skinflint, but don't like being ripped off.
Transportation costs must be similar throughout the broads, so prices should be similar throughout the broads.
Generally they are, but 45p/litre at one location and 60 p/litre at another (on the day on question) makes me smell a rat.
This info will soon get out of date but should highlight such huge discrepancies.

Quality of storage facilities and therefore quality of fuel received does not seem to be an issue.

E/boat Steve

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Excellent idea, Steve...there are some rip-off merchants out there.

We got our diesel last year from Boulters at Horning. They were always cheaper than other places and we had the benefit of them being only half a mile from our home mooring. At the end of last season they were around the 45-47p a litre area. Added bonus is it doesn't matter wheter you're spending £7, £70 or £700 you always get a warm, friendly welcome from the guys.
No idea what their diesel price is this year...haven't been to Norfolk yet...wouldn't be much cruising done either as our boat is in dry standing until Spring!



John

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Prices have shot up over the past few months as have LPG prices. They are still going up and one has to cover the cost of re-stocking. Members are likely to find prices much higher this season and may well find discounts to old hands discontinued.  With hire charges fixed last summer there there is not much scope for making reductions.

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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A lot of the hire yards who previously offered their regular customers free fuel as an insentive to re-book
with them are now having to reconsider their options.

my regular yard was fine when i wanted to book a smaller 2 berth, but as soon as i said 9 berth please alarm bells rang!

i did get the deal in the end, but only as i have  given them many bookings over the years.

anyone any idea how many miles a day boat (standard broads tours, royals, brinkcraft ect) will do on a litre, and whats their average range per tank?

                julia  Smile

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Depends mostly on throttle position and tides. Some people take out a hire boat and nearly empty the tank in a week, others will do the same trip but use half as much. I've found that careful use of the tides can result in HUGE fuel savings...

Some of the more modern engines like the Nanni diesel units are very economical to run...huge Volvo MD40 diesel lumps like those in our boat can be very thirsty.

We tend to get around 7-8 miles from a gallon of fuel if we use the tides properly. We're only 33 feet long, 11'6" wide with a displacement of around 5.5 tonnes. Opened up over Breydon I would estimate we're down to 2-3 miles per gallon.

When we used to use hire boats we were always surprised how little fuel they used but we never opened the throttles beyond half-way. Apparently, so I'm told, a throttle three-quarters to fully open causes fuel consumption to almost double in some cases. Scary innit?

So by keeping speed down, not only do you preserve the enviroment, you have more beer money at the end of the day...a plan with no drawbacks IMHO!



John

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just a point of interest we had a delivery of white diesel at work just before xmas 2500 litres we had the same delivery 2 weeks ago and the cost was £400 less than december so its hopefully on the move back down again

have a nice day all the best Dave

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Hi all
Boulters
17.02.2006
Diesel at 50p a litre
Pump out £7.00
Usual cheerful and helpful service.

Regards-Steve

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Thanks Seajay.
I left Boulters completely out of the picture on my initial post, as it is widely known that their diesel is pretty well the cheapest on the broads.
At the time, they were cheaper than both prices that I mentioned.
They have a policy of making very little on diesel to attract people into the yard where other more profitable services are available - pump out etc.
It seems to work for them.

E/boat Steve

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As we've just changed to diesel after 10 years with a V8 petrol i'm probably the one forum member looking forward to the "high" diesel prices, even with a 400litre tank.

David Playful Wink

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