Natural Gas Boats Are Here for Your Next Marine Adventure

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Natural gas vehicles, natural gas tractors and now natural gas boats. Is there nothing that can’t be powered by natural gas to reduce emissions? Seems so.

Readers who took a great interest in that sleek new New Holland natural gas powered farm tractor will be thrilled to know there are also natural gas powered boats available for their next marine adventure. It’s hardly a new concept but one made increasingly feasible by fracking  proving how versatile natural gas is in meeting our energy needs while reducing emissions. What a blessing natural gas is. Have you thanked a fracker today?

Natural gas boats are already a reality. Sport Fishing magazine wrote about them in 2015, in fact:

This is the fuel of choice for millions of U.S. homes, and it’s used to power many modified diesel-engine buses to reduce pollution in crowded cities. Also known as methane gas, this fuel is extracted from the ground, often alongside crude oil. Refining helps purify the methane, separating it from elements such as hydrogen sulfide, moisture, butane, ethane and propane.

North Carolina-based Blue Gas Marine believes in this fuel so much that it has been touring coastal areas with an Intrepid 327 center-console fishing boat fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), as well as gasoline, and propelled by twin Mercury 300 hp Verado outboards.

The CNG system consists of a fueling panel, fuel tanks, pressure regulator, and high- and low-pressure fuel lines. A modified engine electronic control unit, sensors and special injectors are also required. Retrofit systems are available for both Yamaha and Mercury outboards, and start at $6,000. The Intrepid’s fuel systems are independent of each other, offering the ability to switch fuels on the fly.

A visit to the Blue Gas Marine site reveals more about natural gas boats. Here is a video put together by Boating Magazine:

And, here are the benefits:

  • 70% less fuel cost than gasoline
  • 40% less fuel consumption
  • 6-month to 1-year payback on natural gas system
  • Zero carbon deposits in the engine
  • Reduces air and water pollution by up to 70%
  • Eliminates all engine smoke and exhaust odor
  • Fuel never goes bad (like destructive and harmful ethanol)

Many utilities are now offering CNG fuel stations at marinas and, of course, they’re found across America at an ever-growing list of locations for natural gas vehicles to fuel up. Natural gas is the future. Thank a fracker!

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4 thoughts on “Natural Gas Boats Are Here for Your Next Marine Adventure

  1. The most unfortunate and hugely problematic thing that has happened as a result of fractivism is that more and more people have come and are coming to believe that natural gas is the worst fossil fuel for the environment and climate change and they could not be more wrong.

  2. In the city of Jacksonville Florida, natural gas powered container ships have recently appeared. Tote Maritime and Crowley Maritime each have two LNG powered ships. There is a tremendous growth in LNG in and around the port, with facilities for storage and production of LNG. Additionally, the railroad and trucking industries that service the port are looking at LNG conversions.

    http://jaxport.com/corporate/major-growth-projects/liquefied-natural-gas

    And while some people believe the trash talk about natural gas, and spineless politicians prostitute themselves for big green support, businesses seem know better. The last time I recall renewables being used for maritime power was over a century ago, just before the switch from sails to steam power occurred.

  3. Natural Gas engines are also easier to maintain. Open the cylinder of a Nat Gas or Propane engine … and compare to a gasoline or diesel engine … clean as a whistle. Propane is also a fantastic marine motor fuel … it is more portable and more easily acquired. There aren’t many marinas with Nat Gas Fueling stations … most have propane

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