Outboard Sport Boat to Have a Factory Tank Installation
Blue Gas Marine has disclosed a partnership with Dusky Marine for a compressed natural gas-fueled sport fishing boat. The Dusky 252FC (“Fisherman’s Cuddy”) will have its natural gas fuel system fully integrated into the hull with the CNG tanks under deck.
“Truly a first in the marine industry,” says BGM. “This is the first factory built boat designed from the ground-up to seamlessly integrate the fuel system for the sport fishing market, while maximizing range. ”
The CNG Dusky 252FC will be shown and available for sea trials at the Miami International Boat Show February 11-15.
BGM cites several advantages to CNG as a marine fuel, including fuel savings against the high price of marine gasoline and the significant environmental gains in the lightly regulated marine sector. The company last year enlisted natural gas vehicle veteran Bill Calvert as an executive advisor (F&F, July 23, 2015).
“Dusky Marine has chosen to partner with Blue Gas Marine to facilitate bringing an eco-friendly natural gas hybrid power source to the sport fishing boat market,” Dusky VP Michael Brown says in a BGM release.
‘Wallet and Environmentally Friendly’
“With the ability to switch from gasoline to a natural gas energy source on the fly, our customers can have a fuel source that is both wallet and environmentally friendly while maintaining the convenience of traditional gasoline when necessary,” Brown said.
“This hybrid system allows avid fisherman and boaters to significantly reduce their pollution output as well as their fueling costs, thereby allowing for more time on the water.
“It’s a win all the way around.”
The BGM system “is proven to save more than 50% on the cost of fuel, with some customers saving up to 70% immediately by making the change,” the company says. BGM also provides CNG fueling services.
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Source: Blue Gas Marine with Fleets & Fuels follow-up