Boaters in southern Maine can breathe a little easier now that the Strout's Point Wharf Company, a marina in Freeport, is offering biodiesel fuel. The marina announced the new fuel in a press release this week.
Biodiesel is made from renewable resources like soybeans or vegetable oil and marketed versions usually are mixed with petroleum. Diesel engines can process the fuel with few to no modifications. The owner of Strout's Point, Ted Wengren, said in the press release that he has used biodiesel to fuel his boat and it "ran cleaner, with a reduction of odor and soot out over the transom.”
In its pure form, biodiesel is nontoxic and biodegradable. Strout's Point is billing itself as the first marina in the state to jump on the biodiesel bandwagon.