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Why so few petrol pumps on the Broads ?

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Because the provision of storage tanks costs a fortune and the regulations are a nightmare, equally there are relatively few petrol engined boats

'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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Hi Bill,
I think at the last count there were three yards providing petrol. Brooms of Brundall, Maycraft at Potter and Woods Dyke, Horning. This was the situation about four years ago when I owned the petrol engined Broadwave.
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Martham Boatbuilding still do petrol. I suppose they need to as most of their yachts still have petrol auxiliaries.

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www.ashford.demon.co.uk

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Thank you for your comments - I guessed that it might be some regulatory issues 'floating' around somewhere.

Although I would have thought that the percentage of petrol engined craft is higher than suggested by Bill.

As a matter of interest I think the Waveney Leisure Centre has a petrol facility (Green Book). I moor at
Martham but I as trying to get an idea of where these limited petrol pumps are.

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Until recently there was one at Horning Ferry marina right next to NYA's sales office.

Rod

You mean the other Starboard then...

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Waveney River Centre still sells petrol and we continue to sell petrol at Horning Ferry too.

The regulations are an absolute nightmare - you have to store the fuel underground, there are lots of fire regs (as you might imagine) and the penalties for environmental pollution (if your tank leaks) are absolutely astronomical. You can't make any money selling it (our cost is about the same as what you pay at a regular forecourt so even at £1.10 a litre you don't earn enough to pay the wages of the server) and petrol has a nasty habit of evaporating (which at a quid a litre is a lot of stock to lose).

So that's why there are so few petrol pumps on the Broads.

It is also why so many smaller roadside petrol stations have closed down.

And I have no idea why we continue to do it Confused

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Thanks for the update - I appreciate your comments.

'the more you learn the more you realise you don't know'

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(It should be current, it's updated each year)

http://www.thegreenbook.org.uk/home/outlets.asp

(and it's in their annual guide book as well)...  Smile


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