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Depending on where I fll up prices can vary by up to $1.50 a gallon. Yes I consider saving $750 a tank worth the trip.
Wow, 500 gallons of fuel! Sure your not a stinkpot? Don't think I've used close to 500 gallons in the last 6 or 7 years of cruising.


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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

You have three easy choices in Annapolis - Annapolis Landing Marina on Back Creek and Annapolis City Marina and Yacht Basin in Annapolis Harbor. It is definitely worth calling around. Check for Boat/US and volume discounts (usually start at 100 gallons).

I usually call around before weekend cruises - sometimes fuel is cheaper in out of the way places. I only buy fuel a couple of times a year unless we're out cruising so I always check prices.

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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

I read a story a few years ago in "Yachting" before I learned that magazine wasn't for me.

It talked about going further up the harbor when looking for fuel instead of stopping at the first place. It said the price price would be less there because that was what they had to go to get people to take the time to travel further. By doing so you could save $500 on fuel for the weekend. I figured if someone was going to be able to save $500/weekend due to a lower fuel price the magazine wasn't talking about people like me.

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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

ValvTect marine diesel already has bio-guard and other additives, which I find worth buying. It means their fuel is less likely to be contaminated in their own tank, regardless of whether I add the stuff upon fueling. One should be careful, however, as adding more is actually bad.

That said, I buy diesel at the most convenient place when cruising. Could be wherever I am, if I'm at a quarter tank, which is my min. It could be whomever has the easiest fuel dock to land, but they are all generally set up to be pretty approachable.

In any case, I rarely shop the price, other than to try not to be in a position to need fuel where I know it will be unusually expensive. ie Nantucket.


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hahaha.... I am just buying fuel for OPB. That is the best part.
Well, then why don't you ask them, unstead of us? :-)

When bringing FREE RANGE CHICKEN north, you should have thought of this before entering Maryland, you could have saved a fair amount by topping off the tanks in Virginia... The prices in Little Creek would likely be considerably lower than the Annapolis area, Cape Charles and Rudee Inlet probably even better still, although with that boat's draft, getting alongside the fuel docks in either spot could be problematic...

Perhaps you should consider enlisting the services of a 'Fuel Broker', that's what a lot of the larger yachts have been doing for years... :-)
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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

every time. I call, search active captain, look on the internet. I have on several occasions saved 80 cents a gallon. times 100 gallons....


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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

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Depending on where I fll up prices can vary by up to $1.50 a gallon. Yes I consider saving $750 a tank worth the trip.
Pull into the wrong fuel dock up here and you may pay 50% more. (Not a typo, FIFTY percent).

Fortunately, with a little planning you can usually find reasonably priced fuel without going out of your way.


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Pull into the wrong fuel dock up here and you may pay 50% more. (Not a typo, FIFTY percent).

Fortunately, with a little planning you can usually find reasonably priced fuel without going out of your way.
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Fifty percent more? Of course I'd pay 50% more. It helps keep the hoi-polio away from the fuel dock. (WEG)
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Re: Do you shop around for Diesel fuel?

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ValvTect marine diesel already has bio-guard and other additives, which I find worth buying. It means their fuel is less likely to be contaminated in their own tank, regardless of whether I add the stuff upon fueling. One should be careful, however, as adding more is actually bad.

That said, I buy diesel at the most convenient place when cruising. Could be wherever I am, if I'm at a quarter tank, which is my min. It could be whomever has the easiest fuel dock to land, but they are all generally set up to be pretty approachable.

In any case, I rarely shop the price, other than to try not to be in a position to need fuel where I know it will be unusually expensive. ie Nantucket.
That's pretty much my approach to buying diesel as well.

The other thing I use is the funnel with the filter built into it. I got into that habit in the Bahamas, but it is amazing what it screens out here in the US on some occasions.





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