Biodiesel Gaining Favor with Boat Owners

Environmentally friendly fuel catching on at area marinas.

Published: 18-Aug-2003

Aguaviva's little diesel engine sputtered to life with a puff of white smoke. The smell was mild, not quite the popcorn odor that's widely touted by biodiesel fans, but something definitely less offensive than the stink of regular diesel.

Once the sailboat's engine was running, there was almost no smell at all. The stern of John Griffin's 27-footer was tooth-enamel white, not sooty gray from a smear of diesel exhaust as were some of the other craft in the Elliott Bay Marina.

A few months ago, Griffin joined a small but growing group of boaters who are filling their tanks with biodiesel -- a cleaner-burning alternative to petroleum fuels.

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