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Diesel or Gas?

I know for cars and trucks for mileage purpose diesel will get you more for your money. And of course there is a trade off on the maintaining. Was looking for what the difference could be in sail boats. Why would one prefer over teh other.

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Diesel or Gas?

The simple answer is that gas fumes explode, diesel fumes don''t. Most folks like to stay away from the volatility of gasoline on boats. Diesel fuel is much more stable. Plus, the marine diesel engine is a marvelous thing -- give it clean fuel and air and it''ll keep running. No spark plugs to foul. Diesels are tough -- they are made to run. Maintain it properly and the marine diesel will last indefinitely.
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Diesel or Gas?

Actually you have to drive one hell of a lot of miles in a car to recoup the extra cost of buying a diesel. I mean a LOT.

In boats its a bit of a different story. Diesel fuel is safer as mentioned by SailorMitch and the engines are more durable and less complex, which translates into greater reliability.

However, diesels are heavier than gas engines for a given output. I personally don''t believe a diesel is appropriate in a sailboat under 27 feet. The weight just isn''t worth it. Gas is plenty safe as long as all of the safety systems are in place and are used. There are some fine 4 stroke gas motors out there that can rival the fuel economy of a diesel and give more power and run quieter.

Diesels are great but they are not the best choice for all boats.

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Diesel or Gas?

I appreciate the input guys. That pretty much answers my question. I learned of the fumes of gas the hard way almost 15 years ago. Diesel is what i shall be looking for then all the way. And the boats I would be loking at are 35 - 45, I guess. I have a topic in What boats to buy called...Sailor opion on what to buy.

Also, would love to hear any stories of experience that could push me away from buying as well as getting me to buy I have a profile up for reading too.

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