How I sometimes wish I could jump in my car and run the errands I need to run within a couple of hours’ time. When the tank is running low, I’d pull over at one of the many gas stations and fill her right up! But, I don’t have a car and even if I did, it wouldn’t be of much use while I’m living on our sailboat in the Caribbean. As I have realized many times before and as I probably have mentioned before as well: life on the water is a tad more difficult and inconvenient than life on land and some of why we chose this life is because or despite of that.
Leaving Tyrrel Bay in Carriacou to - maybe - obtain fuel in Clifton, Union Island (SVG) © Liesbet Collaert
Mark and I try to sail our boat as much as possible which results in not needing all that much diesel. Normally, we take our dinghy to a fuel station on the water and fill a 5 gallon jug, whether it is gas for the dinghy or diesel for the big boat. Fuel in the Caribbean has become very expensive (compared to US prices; similar to European prices), but if you buy a little bit at a time, it’s not too bad. Now, however, anticipating a long trip to – for us – unknown territories west, we want to leave with a full diesel tank and some spare gasoline. Being on a budget and having principles, we looked into a few things to spend as little money as possible on this fuel mission.