View Poll Results: Motor owned, now own, enjoy most, easiest / less costly - multiple choices encouraged
1. Owned diesel boat[s] 65 69.15%
2. Owned gasoline boat[s] 59 62.77%
3. Currently own diesel boat[s] 81 86.17%
4. Currently own gasoline boat[s] 40 42.55%
5. Enjoy using diesel motors more than gasoline 67 71.28%
6. Enjoy using gasoline motors more than diesel 4 4.26%
7. Found diesel motors easier to service/deal-with 48 51.06%
8. Found gasoline motors easier to service/deal-with 13 13.83%
9. Found diesel motors less expensive over the long run 41 43.62%
10. Found gasoline motors less expensive over the long run 11 11.70%
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Old 01-10-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
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Like many other polls..... some but not all of the questions, and some that don't matter. This poll doesn't makes sense. Assuming you are trying to establish whether the people on this forum prefer diesel over gas.
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Difficult to answer by checking a box when one is a diesel inboard and the other is a gas outboard.
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Voted for 7 of 10. Not sure how useful this is going to be. BTW, my new outboard is propane. Think I will like that better than the gas outboard, no fuel issues.

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Whoaaa..... a propane outboard? First I've heard of that.......
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My preference and I wont budge is if the motor is boxed in such as a engine room it MUST be diesel and if it hangs off the back ie outboard motor a petrol or diesel is ok
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Whoaaa..... a propane outboard? First I've heard of that.......
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I reviewed the site. Could not find relative propane fuel use stats per miles traveled... nor efficiency comparisons to gas or diesel fueled out boards. Anyone know? Site stated that the propane (at least what they used) was 110 octane... WOW... that's race car fuel octane level.
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You will get more MPG and more miles per dollar out of gasoline. Propane burns cleaner, doesn't go bad with age, and it's pretty tough to get water in the fuel tank or a bad fill up. For me, it was also about reducing the number of different fuels on the trawler. Diesel for the engine and generator, propane for the gas grill and now for the dinghy. Now when the gas grill runs out, I can grab the dinghy fuel tank.

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38' diesel inboard, 450hp. 12' gas outboard, 8hp. Happy with that mix!
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Wow, I'm not sure where to go with this. I own a diesel powered boat, a gasoline powered outboard boat and two Lehr propane powered boats. I do love those Lehr propane engines. Of course I have to say that, I'm a dealer
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Wheres the electric option
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"Could not find relative propane fuel use stats per miles traveled... nor efficiency comparisons to gas or diesel fueled out boards. Anyone know?"

The efficiency advantage of propane is it is NOT gasoline fueled .

Propane can sit in its tank for a year or ten and not go bad.

The engine evaporates the propane in the fuel system on shut down , so the carb does not require a rebuild after sitting a while.

And finally the exhaust is less noxious than either gas or diesel.

Electric outboards are fine as most water side is miles from the coal power plant .
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Wheres the electric option
Reason no electric or propane power options:

TF provides a maximum of 10 options per poll. The way pleasure boat power-source questions became formatted no room for propane or electric powered motors available in this thread.

As diesel and gasoline are the two vastly predominant fuels used to power pleasure boats they are the ones most likely to have long-term usage backgrounds... and, therefore resulting use-opinions from the masses of pleasure boaters.

Having owned a one-off custom designed diesel powered (Perkins) 37' sport fisher raised deck design boat many years ago. Currently owning a production line Tollycraft gasoline powered (Mercruiser) 34' tri cabin and tow behind runabout outboard (several other boats in between - straight drive, v-drive, outdrive, outboard, and water-jet)... Allows me to be fairly adapt at having feelings/background (some in-depth knowledge) regarding each. I do not have any background with electric or propane powered boats.

Poll results are interesting. Hope many more boaters chime in with their feelings for voting on more than one option.
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How can anyone "enjoy" using a diesel engine more than a gasoline engine? What's to like? Is it smoother, quieter, less smelly and runs w less vibration?

Art these things that power our boats are engines not motors.
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I have gas cars and dinghy engines and a diesel truck and boat. I enjoy all of them. The boating choices are made for you already before you buy a boat. Size and speed are main factors. I doubt you'll find a current 50' gas powered boat or a 20' inboard diesel cruiser.
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How can anyone "enjoy" using a diesel engine more than a gasoline engine? What's to like? Is it smoother, quieter, less smelly and runs w less vibration?

Art these things that power our boats are engines not motors.

I agree whole heartedly with first paragraph

2nd paragraph - - > Semantics: Ya gotta love Semantics!
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How can anyone "enjoy" using a diesel engine more than a gasoline engine? What's to like? Is it smoother, quieter, less smelly and runs w less vibration?

Art these things that power our boats are engines not motors.
You are correct sir....

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When the internal combustion engine was invented, the term "motor" was initially used to distinguish it from the steam engine—which was in wide use at the time, powering locomotives and other vehicles such as steam rollers. "Motor" and "engine" later came to be used interchangeably in casual discourse. However, technically, the two words have different meanings. An engine is a device that burns or otherwise consumes fuel, changing its chemical composition, whereas a motor is a device driven by electricity, air, or hydraulic pressure, which does not change the chemical composition of its energy source.
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OK, I get the gist here. I'm with Gaston...... no gas inboard or tanks. Seen too many blow up. Prefer no propane for the same reasons. Diesel generator, large battery bank and inverter.

Outboard is tough. If you want any kind of performance you're stuck with gas. Would have as large a tank as fits and keep it in the dinghy.

NEVER forget that propane is heavier than air. A leak in a dinghy could collect enough gas in the hull on a still day to cause a serious explosion.
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Dave,
Indeed. Some applications are acceptable and some not depending on the person. Motor boat or OB motor flow well and sound great to me but single motored trawler falls flat as does steam motor. Just depends. But if you ask me what kind of motor I've got in my trawler ....

While I'm at it (semantics) there is no such thing as rpm's. There's only one minute in the engine expression rpm.

Many here are using the word "rode" in place of or for line or rope. The chain and line is the rode and line is for line and rode is for rode. Nitpickey but these happen a lot.

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