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Old 04-19-2015, 06:06 PM   #21
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Another plus for going with the poly fuel tanks when replacing old ones....it shows ft he colored fuel nicely, plus the foaming of the diesel.
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:59 PM   #22
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Fill your own tanks.

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Old 04-19-2015, 08:18 PM   #23
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A popular Sydney DIY fuel supplier, (based on price, convenience, and volume), requires customers (private and commercial), to watch several online videos on correct refueling methods, correctly answer questions on them, accept liability for spills caused etc while also indemnifying the supplier, before issuing an access card you must swipe each time to use the facility.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:45 PM   #24
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I've done the loop, much of the east coast, and the Bahamas twice (there now). Only once did I go 600 miles between fills (in Canada) and even then I had several chances to fill, just didn't.

So to answer your question, something in the 400 mile range would be fine. If you are going further south, then 600+ would be good.

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Self-service seems to be the custom here. The attendant may hand you the nozzle, but the boater is in charge of fitting the nozzle and controlling fuel flow. Betcha the fuel provider doesn't want the liability of a fuel spill. My tank caps are labeled: diesel, water, and waste.


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Old 04-19-2015, 11:56 PM   #26
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A popular Sydney DIY fuel supplier, (based on price, convenience, and volume), requires customers (private and commercial), to watch several online videos on correct refueling methods, correctly answer questions on them, accept liability for spills caused etc while also indemnifying the supplier, before issuing an access card you must swipe each time to use the facility.
No one to blame but yourself if things go wrong.
good grief.. I had heard that your regs down there were over the top...

I was at a steel supplier here in the states a couple weeks ago had so many regs that the place was ridiculous.. I found out is owned by a Australian Corp... figures.

I guess I will stop complaining that we are over regulated in the States...

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Old 04-20-2015, 01:23 AM   #27
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Hollywood, those are the requirements of a commercial fuel seller dock,based in Western Australia, who gets good business from ferries, small charter operators, private boats, etc, and has really shaken up the fuel market with low pricing, and sometimes even helpful staff. In practice it runs smoothly and unlike many fuel docks they have clean open approaches to a well maintained well fendered dock. They are essentially responsibility shifting, I see insurer and lawyer written all over it, I bet they significantly lowered their public liability insurance cost, and the education on safe refueling won`t go amiss for some.
We are probably less Govt. regulated than you are, no ABYC regs like I keep reading about, and our Marine Rescue and Water Police seem much more user friendly than I read about your Coastguard.
Sincere apologies OP for the drift.
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AAArrrgghhh. Captn Bill.


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Old 04-20-2015, 05:33 AM   #29
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Thanks all. Current boat is very basic. No generator, etc. Budget doesn't allow for new builds, architects, etc. I could maybe stretch to $300K for the retirement boat but would prefer to put the money into cruising - but not if I'm going to feel restricted in destinations. I know Cuba will rapidly evolve, but I'm unfamiliar with the Caribbean islands.
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