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I just thougth you might like to know how i get diesel for 20p per litre.

My home runs on diesel heating and i get 500 litres delivered for 20p a litre. The driver often drops at my house before going to a marina on the hamble as this is exactly the same stuf that is delivered to the marinas...just shows you how much profit they make.

A normal petrol station makes only 1-2 p per litre profit..so where is the extra 8p going..??

If a group of people could get together and use a tank somewhere...why not bypass the marinas and get it yourself....?

And most sail boats would not use more than 20 litres in a weekend so it can be transported with ease..let me know what you all think...??
 
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I think the 8 p covers things like, 1) insurance, 2) loss of space to have the tank, 3) employee's time to refuel your boat, 4) installation cost of tank. And so it can go on.
No I dont work for any marina or fuel company, but remeber that for a garage making 1 or 2 p a ltr selling thousands a day, can cover these costs.
 

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Ramsgate Fisherman's Association and the Pilot Station have done exactly that. They now supply themselves at 22p PL (last I heard) which includes a 2p markup to cover installation. I tried one supplier to see if he would come to me and fill me up plus any other boats I had invited and he declined because he was scared he might spill some into the Thames even though the order would be in excess of 1000 gallons. I am however on the lookout for a cheap 2nd hand Bowser.

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I looked at this, too. A rag & stick friend buys 45 gal drums from building sites, farmers etc, and can pay as low as £20 for a drum. For him, that's fine, but the logistics for a motorboat don't work out. A 2nd hand bowser is v expensive, and I suspect there are insurance implications to towing 200 gals of diesel on a public road. For folks in a marina, I suspect the marina may have words about DIY fuelling, too. Rossiters (where we are based) charge 38-39p/l for red...
 

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I have a motor boat with a 212hp engine and in 3 years have only filled up from the quayside 3 times. I do on average 200 hours per annum and carry the fuel from a tank at my house in 5 gallon containers, it doesn't take too many trips to keep the tanks topped up (i live 35 miles away and always take fuel to the boat when working in the area). My tank at home takes 260 gallons and have phoned local suppliers today, cheapest is 17p per litre for 1000+ litres.
My method may be inconvenient but probably saves me hundreds of pounds each year, and I know I'm filling with fresh fuel. Why should I pay double at the docks?
 

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Mike,

Just for clarification, are you saying that central heating oil is the same stuff as the red diesel at 38p litre? Or is your diesel heating different?

With large tanks on board a diesel powered cruiser, it would be worth filling up by ordering the fuel in a home delivery tanker, to attend my boat at the quay-side.

20p a litre is a compelling proposition!!
 
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My house is on a farm and so had it's oil heating converted to diesel. it is the same stuff that goes in the tractors..and cars on the farm..and yes it's the same that is in boats.

Often when i get a delivery the driver is on his way to a marina to drop off a load...and it's exactly the same stuff as he drops to me. The only problem is that i'm not sure if they would drop off at a boat. Not sure how a marina would think. I don't use much so i just take a bit form my tank each time i need to.
 

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I cant understand all this.
In most harbours across Ireland its common practice to ring the local fuel supply depo. Or just wip round to the fishing harbour where there will be a tanker filling the boats up.
In England too.
The thing is everyone has got used to posh marinas and its getting more and more difficult to find a suitable harbour wall to get a tanker too.
I did once fill up at the ships bunker in Holly Head. About 12p ltr. Mind you its a six inch pipe with loads of reduction attatchments on the end.

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In Blakenberg I have had the local central heating company come to the dock side and fill up with 1000 litres at a silly price. I know of one Thames boater who has done this within recent weeks - on the Thames! Get on the 'phone and save some money!
 

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