That’s now the price of diesel in Marsh Harbour; gasoline is more. An experienced marina operator here believes $7 a gallon is likely before the end of the season (and $6 in the SE-U.S. by year end). Our last U.S. purchase was $434 for 103 gallons ($4.19 per) in Georgia. Yesterday, it was $300 for 50 gallons. Fortunately, we added solar power and can almost always wait until the sails can do what they do…and we burn a gallon an hour underway and 0.4 gal/hr when running the genset. But still, to fill both tanks from empty in the Bahamas would be $1200.
We have noticed powerboat traffic here is significantly less than last year. Once here, the boats are staying put (making slip reservations, when wanted, harder to find*). Our sail down from Treasure Cay yesterday offered a horizon full of sails. The only powerboats were island Ro-Ro freighters and public and private island ferries and mega yachts. The mom & pop cruisers were all harbour-nating. The one good thing is one can still buy unadulterated (ethanol-free) gasoline here. The Bahamas doesn’t have a corn lobby.
This will affect all here as these island’s power plants are all oil-fired and every commodity is moved from A to B by petro-fueled conveyance. Right now an excellent plate of grouper and peas and rice is $15. How long, we wonder?
For more of what engages Bahamians in dialog take a look at Bahama Pundit.
*Another impact on slips has been 10-14 foot swell offshore in the Gulf Stream and Rages in most of the passes keeping the homeward bound bottled up.