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Old 07-03-2019, 03:32 PM   #21
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The American Standard urinal taught me litre to American gallons. As you are about your business in one and look down, you will see the America gallon converted to liters - 3.8 litres to the gallon.
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Old 07-03-2019, 04:02 PM   #22
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Rather than pricing, I think it's important to know *where* fuel is available. We've been up to Desolation several times and most of the time we're ready to get fuel, it doesn't make sense to try to go to another location just to save a few dollars. Pender Harbour, Secret Cove, Westview, Lund, Refuge, Gorge Harbour are all good stops. Some will even allow you to refill your water tank although I believe that Westview is the furthest marina North that will allow for pumpouts (if you don't have overboard discharge available). We'll be up there towards the end of the month too - enjoy your trip!
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Got back from my trip a week or so ago. Fueled in Secret Cove and Gorge Harbour.

Secret Cove was about $5.25 / US gallon
Gorge Harbour was $6.50 / US gallon

I also fueled up on my way back in Oak Harbor, one of my least favorite marinas to get in/out of, but for a slightly lower price of $2.60 / US gallon

Those extra dollars sure add up!
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:22 PM   #24
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Got back from my trip a week or so ago. Fueled in Secret Cove and Gorge Harbour.

Secret Cove was about $5.25 / US gallon
Gorge Harbour was $6.50 / US gallon

I also fueled up on my way back in Oak Harbor, one of my least favorite marinas to get in/out of, but for a slightly lower price of $2.60 / US gallon

Those extra dollars sure add up!
Nice! We fueled up in Nanaimo then went as far North as Toba Wilderness, through Desolation Sound, Secret Cove and the refueled again in Vancouver. We did spend much of our time underway at slower speeds to conserve fuel but I was really impressed with the efficiency of our Swift Trawler! Its nice to be able to go faster (~15 knots) or slower at 8-9 knots and burn 1/2 the fuel.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:41 PM   #25
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I also fueled up on my way back in Oak Harbor, one of my least favorite marinas to get in/out of, but for a slightly lower price of $2.60 / US gallon

Yeah, it is not super easy to get in and out of. It doesn't help that there is often a strong wind blowing in off the Straits over the low spot in Whidbey. However, they usually have the best diesel prices in the Sound.
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Yeah, it is not super easy to get in and out of. It doesn't help that there is often a strong wind blowing in off the Straits over the low spot in Whidbey. However, they usually have the best diesel prices in the Sound.
The wind was OK when I was there a week or so ago. I have been there with that wind effect, and it is not fun - not just for the fuel dock, but the guest slips as well.

While I was there, I had to wait for one boat ahead of me, but four boats were waiting while I was fueling, including a local live aboard sailboat who ranks as the rudest person I have had to deal with (and the fuel dock employees as well) in the last year on the water. Sorry we're spending money at your marina and keeping your rates low

I've also found Brownsville, north of Bremerton and south of Poulsbo, to be very inexpensive as well, almost as close as Oak Harbor. Again, though, it is a very narrow and technical entrance with a lot of shallows to port, plus a tiny fuel dock that fit my 46' and nothing else. Super nice people though, and cheap fuel!
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$5.25 / US gallon
$6.50 / US gallon
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I fuelled in Westview:
$1.25/litre pump price
4% fuel tax, so $1.30
in US Gal x 3.78, $4.19
in $US, 1.33, $3.69
the rest will be your bank card charges for converting from $US to $C. Some are 3%, most set a fixed rate at a premium.

When I shop in the US, the reverse applies, so I have $US bank card and have some $US in the bank account from which I pay that card. Buying $ of the other currency when exchange rates are good will help a lot.
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