Fuel Issues and Ethanol

The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.

Many boaters want ethanol-free gas in their boats, but not all of them can find it, a recent BoatUS survey shows.

BoatUS survey shows boaters seek out non-ethanol fuel

As boaters head into the Labor Day weekend and fill their boat’s gas tank before wrapping up the season, a majority say they want ethanol-free gas, but only about half of those in a BoatUS survey say it is available at marinas and gas stations they visit.

A push for higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, E15 in particular, prompted the industry to search for an alternative.

A far superior alternative to ethanol

A five-year project that tested more than 15 marine engines of various technologies — in the lab and on the water — shows that biobutanol can be a viable alternative to ethanol-blended gasoline, the marine industry says.

The industry is concerned that as the blend wall creeps up, there could be an increase in misfueling incidents.

Both sides blast EPA’s ethanol plan

The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest ethanol fuel proposal has angered both supporters and critics of biofuel blends and prompted a new marine industry call for Congress to take decisive action on Renewable Fuel Standard reform.

Speakers tout alternative fuel at NMMA event

The National Marine Manufacturers Association hosted an event for stakeholders in connection with the recent endorsement of biobutanol at the Washington Marina in Washington, D.C.

Industry backs biobutanol as alternative to ethanol

Engine manufacturers from across the recreational boating industry identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol, a controversial biofuel because of its damaging effects on numerous types of engines, including those that power recreational boats.

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