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Re: Fuel costs for Catamaran
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Canít speak to cats not having own one so fuel was always owners concern. But have spent a fair amount of time in the BVIs. Thereís a wide variance in fuel cost. In general the commercial dock in Road Town on the Moorings side is reasonable. Sopers tends to be more expensive, Spanish town cheaper, North Sound variable. Found it worthwhile to check prices. For us with 200g it made a significant difference.
When we had company would do the loop. If company had offered to share fuel costs (I never asked for this) would hit cheapest place on the last day of their visit. Guess people are different. Although we have AC at the time of year youíre going to be there never ran it. No reason unless youíre in a slip whereís thereís no wind. Then youíre plugged in. Rarely ran the engine either as company usually likes to sail. So engine only briefly on going in or out. BVI usually has good wind and things are so close together found fuel costs trivial. After awhile given its line of sight sailing other than depth ignored the electronics so battery draw from radar etc. was nonexistent. Our biggest draw was from the frig/freezer and solar/wind was sufficient.
Although itís a cat itís still a excellent sailboat not a motorboat. Even if your using constant AC fuel shouldnít be a concern as gensets sip fuel.
So think engine draw isnít the concern to calculate fuel cost. Think genset time is.