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Old 21 August 2009, 10:53   #11
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Thank you guys - that's great progress - I intend to see if the BMF is of any use, and I will use the information gathered here to get me going, most of it will be of some use, so thank you and keep it coming.

To give you more information, it will be for the race team, so fuel for vehicles and boat would be the main concern - I appreciate it's the wrong way of looking at it, but if the environmentalists accused me of being environmentaly unfriendly I want to be able to prove them wrong!

Chewy: Converting my vehicle to use what? Biodiesel isn't common in Salcombe, and I don't know what else I could use?

Chris: Diesel guzzling inboards, one of the options is the Yanmar 260hp which is the 3 litre BMW common rail motor so it's quite efficient anyway.

Codders: Do you or anyone know of a list of suppliers of biodiesel, and more importantly which motors you can run them on?

Rupert: Post away, it may help someone else as well - this place is great for accumulated knowledge! It's a race boat not a steam boat!

Thanks Guys!

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When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
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Old 21 August 2009, 10:56   #12
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Cookee, I don't know if this is of any use at all but I'll tell it anyway. My old webhost for my website used to claim Carbon Neutral as for every account opened they donated to have so many trees planted. Could your team do something like that?

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Old 21 August 2009, 11:05   #13
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OK, here it is,

but it may well be OT.

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Old 21 August 2009, 11:15   #14
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I had a similar problem last year with a yacht racing venture - fortunately we ended up with a sponsor who didn't force us down this route but I did some research on Carbon Offsetting and these guys looked promising :

They're used by the likes of Landrover - should keep Codders happy!

It might also be worth talking to the RYA about their 'The Green Blue' initiative...

if you need a hand working out what needs to be offset and by how much then drop me a PM... I spent 2 of the last 3 winters working for the Carbon Trust and have a brother who's an Environmental consultant.

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Old 21 August 2009, 11:18   #15
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Regarding the biofuels.


Here is a list of local outfits - you may want to speak to someone bigger though like Shell or BP - may even get a good deal if you stick their logos on your boat.

If the bio diesel is good quality you will be fine. It has better lubrication than normal diesel. There is a small power and economy loss but I have never noticed the difference.

The problem comes when the fuel is of poor quality and they get the ph wrong etc. Buy from a reputable supplier and you will be fine.

Remember as this is a commerical type venture you should get the duty back.
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Old 21 August 2009, 11:20   #16
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And one other thing - are you aware you can also run a diesel on LPG - people use it as a sort of octane booster in conjuction with bio or normal diesel - just 1 tank of LPG to give it some extra oomph!!!
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Old 22 August 2009, 11:06   #17
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Cookee...Land Rover run a carbon offset programme...some details of how it works are on their website. I don't know the detail myself but it involves offsetting carbon emissions of new LR vehicles for the first 45,000 miles.

Give them a'd need to speak to their Sustainability Manager. I'll sure they'll give you some info
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Old 23 August 2009, 11:29   #18
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