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Capta what I don’t understand is why marine diesel is cheaper in the northern windwards than Grenada/Trinidad region? Is it Venezuela’s ongoing tragedy? Does Sol use different sources depending on which island.
Hear of the big boys going to Mexico or is that just talk?
We’re waiting until we leave to escape VAT and other taxes so just did the biobor thing.

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Couple years ago we tied up to Petro Marine in Ketchikan after motoring straight from Kodiak. We got a couple cent a gallon discount and free hoodies after we surpassed 10,000 gallons.
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If you look at your boat, there IS a convenient control which will adjust your fuel costs.
It is the throttle. Look at you engine's fuel consumption curves. They actually work. (well at least for a Volvo)
I was on a delivery & even though we were fuel-limited, the Delivery Capt. just 'wanted to get there' & took 2 of us with a bunch of persuasion to run a little experiment & put up sail (even though there 'wasn't enough wind to sail on') and throttle back until we saw speed start to drop. We got down to something like 1/3 throttle before we saw much change and we got down to a high idle & still maintained the speed we wanted. We even got to shut it down for a while.
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My last comment on this topic. I don't use much fuel... because I sail (as much as I can)... My tanks are not huge and as consequence I stop by a fuel/gas dock as needed... and can top off the diesel. Usually I take on 10 or 15 gallons to keep tje tank topped up... and do it when and wherever it's convenient... so I am not restricted to one vendor. But I expect to pay a premium at these locations.

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"overpriced" fuel hardy equals a rounding error when compared to "regular" priced fuel in the total big picture of boat ownership
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LOL at this thread... Talk about first world problems- sailboat owners complaining about the markup for full service fuel!
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LOL at this thread... Talk about first world problems- sailboat owners complaining about the markup for full service fuel!


Real sailors don’t need fuel. [emoji14]
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You are absolutely right. And they do need huge insurance policies.
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Capta what I don’t understand is why marine diesel is cheaper in the northern windwards than Grenada/Trinidad region? Is it Venezuela’s ongoing tragedy? Does Sol use different sources depending on which island.
I believe it all comes from Venezuela (though I'm not positive) and that SVG and Grenada buy directly. St Lucia has a huge fuel depot and they could be middlemen supplying the Leewards, using higher quantities to keep the prices lower? Each island group is now taxing fuel, so that can help with price differences.
Trinidad was forced by the EC (this is fact) to raise their marine fuel dock prices to cut down on very cheap untaxed fuel in the EC. If any sailboat could carry 50 to 100+ Trini gallons which they could sell in the EC, they could make a nice profit every now and then.
Um. I suppose those people who post on here looking for income while cruising could go to Venezuela with a few drums and make money that way? There you go, problem solved, as long as you are in the eastern Caribbean! easy money. lol

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