Canadian Yachting June 2016 - (Page 3)
Buy Your Boat Fuel
at a Marina
There are a host of important reasons why you should refuel your boat at a properly
equipped marina rather than towing it to a highway gasoline station or worse, filling up
Jerry cans and carrying them to the boat.
The problem is the price or rather, understanding why the price is the price.
Depending on where you are in Canada this summer, you may see highway gasoline
prices around $1 a litre but prices of $1.50 a litre at on-the-water marinas.
The marina is not asking you to pay 50% more for the same thing, because gasoline
from a marina is not the same as gasoline from a roadway filling station. And, there's a
lot more to the business of selling fuel on the water; the land cost and taxes for on-thewater property are likely far higher than for highway land, the boating season is at best
six-months long in most areas while the highway location operates 12 months a year so
the marina sells far less fuel while their tanks and other infrastructure are similarly big
investments, the marina has to hire and specially train staff to pump the fuel for you,
but you pump your own fuel at the highway location and probably, you process your
own payment with your credit or debit card, right at the pump.
Big differences between these two businesses!
Almost universally, on-the-water marinas are selling specially ordered, ethanol-free
gasoline. That is the most important reason for the price difference.
Regular highway gasoline that you are using in your car or truck will typically contain up to 10% ethanol. Your vehicle was designed to run on that fuel and has a closed
fuel system which is pressurized and cannot be vented to the outside air for environmental reasons.
For safety reasons, the fuel system on your boat needs to be vented to the outside
air to release pressure that may build up on hot days and because the engine cannot
have a pressurized fuel system; that would be a major safety hazard.
Next, consider how many older boats are still in regular use. Since about 2005, new
ethanol-tolerant boat engines and fuel systems came on the market but engines built
before that, have rubber and other fuel system components that are attacked by the
ethanol, possibly blocking the fuel delivery and potentially causing a fire hazard
This is serious stuff in the enclosed environment of a boat hull.
Also, gasoline blended with ethanol attracts water, drawing it from the humidity in
the air. Ethanol is hygroscopic. If enough water combines with the ethanol, it will
"phase separate" where the water and ethanol combine, but separate from the gasoline.
This can create a "blob" of water and ethanol that will stop the engine.
Adding fuel stabilizer helps, but that adds significant cost. So, buy fresh nonethanol fuel from your marina this summer and throughout the season, especially
before fall storage.
Finally, please do not fill up from Jerry cans; the risk of spilling gasoline into the
lake is high and the results are very toxic. The on-the-water marina price may seem
high but chances are the marina is selling fuel at a loss to help you the customer, and
the lake you love.
for over three
For more information, contact one of the
following Canadian dealers in your area.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sunnybrook Yacht Brokers
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Port Sanilac Marina
Port Sanilac, Michigan
West Central Marine, LTD.
Glenmore Sailboats (Trailerables Only)
Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta
Quiet Waters (Trailerables Only)
Schooner Yacht Sales (Trailerables Only)
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2016
Vantage Point: Buy Your Boat Fuel At A Marina
Waterfront: Jeanneau BVI Owners’ Rendezvous, Readers’ Stories, Green Boating Guide
Club Profile: Charlottetown Yacht Club
International Boat Show Feature: BOOT Dusseldorf - Described as the largest boat show in Europe, the BOOT show packs 17 buildings full of every kind of boat and boating accessory that you an imagine. Walk through with John Morris and enjoy a glimpse of this massive event. By John Morris
Destination: The Magnificent Thousand Islands - Cruising in the middle of Manitouana, a wonderful land of plenty in the St.Lawrence River on a C&C 30’ bareboat charter. By Mark Stevens | Photographs by Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Salty Dog Rally: The Call of Dawg - The Dawgs convene in Hampton, Virginia each fall ahead of their journey to the BVI’s. Rich in Can Con and with equal parts partying and preparedness, the author joins this jovial group as they get ready to cruise down the Intracoastal. By John Morris
Power Review: Neptunus 650
Power Review: MJM 50z
CPS Port Hole
Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley
Confident Sailor/Reluctant Sailor: Cruising as a Couple: Part 1 of 3 - “Our first trip to the Bahamas was ”Living his dream – on her terms”. We did it. There was no mutiny. No divorce. This is our story – that of the very reluctant boater who actually left the dock and Toronto behind. ” By Rob MacLeod
Crossing the Line: Does Racing Still Exist?
Canadian Yachting June 2016