Fears about the future of diesel, encounter with a historic boat on the Weaver, are unkempt locks putting off boaters?
After following Tony Brooks many articles on contamination of diesel fuel for marine use, I was amazed to read the article in
Canal Boat by Peter Weide. It would be interesting to know what the future holds for this fuel and how the thousands of boaters will deal with it.
Just take this scenario, a canalside pump at a remote marina on a quiet canal arm. This person perhaps buys 5 to 10,000 litres from his suppliers and it takes six months to sell that amount.
Does the boat owner have to ask, how long has your diesel been in stock, and if he says four months, do you say no thanks I will try somewhere else. Then on the other hand, if someone like me used the boat only on a few weekends, one two-week holiday and not at all during the winter months, what state would that diesel be in?
No doubt there is a simple answer, but if not is it a return to petrol engines or conversion to electric propulsion, and why have governments allowed this change to diesel fuel. I hope this does not also affect my heating oil at home.