Re: Gibber

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Posted by Tom Napier on February 11, 2016 at 12:56:08 user Didymus.

In Reply to: Re: Gibber posted by David Bamford on February 11, 2016 at 12:21:50:

I'm curious what the characteristics of a paraffin-fuelled boat-engine would be. For example, would it have magneto-driven spark ignition or compression (diesel) ignition? I did some fairly fruitless poking around on Wikipedia and found mention of farm tractors using paraffin (for obscure taxation-related reasons). Since cold paraffin wouldn't vaporize they had to be started using petrol. Would 1930s paraffin boat-engines have had the same problem? Good luck with getting that one started, Roger.
Mind you, it would have been handy to run your Primus (preheated with meths) and your navigation lights from the same fuel as the engine.

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