Blue Gas Marine developed a boat that is environmentally friendly and less costly to drive than a standard gas-powered boat.
APEX, N.C. -
Local engineers have created the first natural gas boat that they say is more environmentally friendly and less costly to drive.
Engineer Miguel Guerreiro, founder of Blue Gas Marine, based in Apex, put his favorite hobby of fishing on hold to look for an alternative way to boat when gas hit $4 a gallon. Guerreiro developed technology that enables boats of any size to run on natural gas as the primary or secondary fuel.
Blue Gas One does not generate exhaust smoke or odor out on the water compared to gasoline powered boats cutting back on water and air pollution.
Not only is Blue Gas One a cleaner way to boat, but Guerreiro said its use of natural gas as fuel is a big way to save money. He said people who make their living on the water like charter boats and fishermen would benefit most in the reduction of fuel cost.
Guerreiro said filling a 10-gallon gasoline tank would cost $50, while it would only cost $15 to fill the same size tank with natural gas.
The 21-foot Blue Gas One is a prototype boat Guerreiro built for the special purpose to test performance and emissions. He said that the boat is operated the same way as usual, but does not have a big gas tank showing.
Guerreiro has partnered with Intrepid, a boat manufacturer based out of Florida, to build a 32-foot fishing boat expected to be ready for the showroom this fall.
He said while he is still focusing on his primary vision of outfitting used recreational and commercial boats with the power of natural gas, he hopes to include Navy ships and cruise boats.
The cost of installing hybrid technology on a boat starts at about $3,000. Guerreiro is looking for investors because he needs funding in order to get the technology out there.