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Old 02-18-2022, 02:38 PM   #1
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Old 02-18-2022, 02:41 PM   #2
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I'm not looking forward to buying fuel this spring. Of all the years for us to have stored with empty tanks (so I could move them out of the way for water tank replacement)... I've got the drums of fuel we pumped out in the fall, but once we put those back in we'll still need another ~340 gallons to fill the tanks...
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Old 02-18-2022, 10:25 PM   #3
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Still the cheapest part of boat ownership. No worries, just fill up & keep going
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Old 02-18-2022, 11:27 PM   #4
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Agree that fuel isnt the biggest expense in boating, but I do like it when it is cheaper.
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Old 02-19-2022, 12:19 AM   #5
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I'm not looking forward to buying fuel this spring. Of all the years for us to have stored with empty tanks (so I could move them out of the way for water tank replacement)... I've got the drums of fuel we pumped out in the fall, but once we put those back in we'll still need another ~340 gallons to fill the tanks...

Yup, that sucks. We're down to around 340 gallons left . . . . but hold 2,100 when full . . . . At this rate, I'll need to take out a mortgage!
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Old 02-19-2022, 07:20 AM   #6
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Going to need 2,000 gallons for this summer's adventure. The John Deere investment with its 4 MPG dividend just keeps getting better and better.

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Old 02-19-2022, 08:51 AM   #7
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Availability issues more concerning than price.
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Old 02-19-2022, 09:32 AM   #8
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Going to need 2,000 gallons for this summer's adventure. The John Deere investment with its 4 MPG dividend just keeps getting better and better.

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If fuel prices keep climbing like this, I think you've got the right idea. Now how do I convince the admiral that we need to do a diesel re-power instead of buying a house...
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Old 02-19-2022, 03:39 PM   #9
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Availability issues more concerning than price.
I have considered that. At 6.5 knots and 4 MPG my range not counting reserve, is around 2,400 miles. May have to up the reserve from 240 to 1,000 miles.

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Old 02-19-2022, 03:59 PM   #10
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We always try to go with a 20% fuel reserve. I like carrying a little extra fuel since it is in the center of the boat and above the keel in belly tanks.
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Old 02-21-2022, 03:21 PM   #11
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IF your boat is near a working shrimp dock, you might chat with one of the captains. I was able to purchase a small amount for my Seaweed direct from a trucker who allowed me to fill first (for cash)

We used to have a truck come fill our tanks on the 40'er too. Shrimpers know the best deals, so look for a working pier. You want an active truck, with fresh fuel, thus the busiest is the best option even if you have to wait.

Be prepared to pay in cash too.
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Old 02-21-2022, 03:59 PM   #12
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Though I agree that fuel costs are generally not a major percentage of total spend, I don't agree that fuel costs don't matter. There is a price that causes people to change their thinking and change their habits. I don't know if that's $4, $5, $10, etc, but eventually it causes a change. It means boaters will think about the cost of taking a long cruise. It may make people re-think going from sail to power (as many of them worry about fuel expenses regardless of the price). Some may re-think starting a new build, not knowing what fuel costs will be 2 years from now. Used boat prices will sink if the market for buyers dries up. Regardless of what it means to you right now personally, it's not good for the power-boating community or industry if fuel costs continue to rise dramatically.
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Old 02-23-2022, 12:11 AM   #13
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With the announcement of Russian conflict i decided to tank up this morning. Did the boat and the motorhome. My wallet is $2400.00 lighter. Like gambling.
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Old 02-23-2022, 08:12 AM   #14
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when fuel is going up everywhere, it's nice being next to a commercial fuel dock in Alaska.
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Old 02-23-2022, 08:24 AM   #15
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Filled up my car last night. First time in quite a few years that I can remember hitting the $75 cutoff on the pump.
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Filled up my car last night. First time in quite a few years that I can remember hitting the $75 cutoff on the pump.
Get used to it, not getting any better soon. <political content removed>
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Old 02-23-2022, 09:12 AM   #17
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I'm just waiting to see what marine fuel clocks in at for the summer and whether we scale back or cancel some of our travel plans for the season. If things level off where they are that's one thing, but if they keep climbing at this rate for a while, things are going to get rough considering how much the cost of everything else has jumped recently. At a minimum, seeing my boat up on plane will be a very rare thing this year!
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Old 02-23-2022, 09:50 AM   #18
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Really glad we bought a single diesel. Now can we do something about the price of everything else for the boat?
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Old 02-23-2022, 11:10 AM   #19
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Greetings,
Mr. CO. "Now can we do something about the price of everything else for the boat?"

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Old 02-23-2022, 11:55 AM   #20
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Just heard that oil is just about at $100/barrel and predictions are for somewhere between $120 and $150 soon. Fasten your seatbelts!
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