Originally Posted by Alemao
Is this a good price? I'll cruise to Brasil/Rio next Januery, do you know where can I find cheap fuel?
Sergio "Alemao" Sztancsa, Sent from my iPhone using Trawler
Venezuela has cheap fuel but safety is a real issue, not to be taken lightly, but that's for another thread. Officially, Venezuelans are not to sell to foreign flagged vessels but you can some times buy from local vessels for about $0.50 to $1.00/gallon.
Trinidad has subsidized fuel for the locals at ~$0.89/gallon. Foreign vessels currently pay ~$4.40/gallon. There are 2 fuel pumps at the fuel dock; one for the locals and one for foreigners.
There are some enterprising locals around though. We are getting 500 gallons for $1.78/gallon, in jerry jugs, from one. With out a special permit, the locals can buy up to 100 liters at a time. Our guy goes to 2 stations for 200 liters. A PIA, yes, but for that savings we'll do it and the local makes a good wage in the process.
Last winter there was a Venezuelan vessel that hung around Grenada and was selling good clean diesel for $3.00/gallon. I haven't heard if they are back yet.
I have not heard what the price is in St. Martins. The Dutch side is duty free so fuel could be cheaper.
Pretty much all the Islands in the Caribbean seem to be charging foreigners market rates. St. Croix seems to be on the lower end and Grenada on the higher end. This doesn't include the Bahamas where Don has listed prices.
We'll be heading north this year. Maybe our paths will cross.