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.

EPA extends comment period on ethanol

As the Environmental Protection Agency announced it’s extending the comment period on E15, the ethanol industry is scrambling to protect its investment and remain relevant. Last year, a spike in energy and corn prices caused havoc in the market. With the subsequent collapse of commodity prices, many producers found themselves unable to pay their bills,…more

Debate continues over ethanol

The debate over increasing the ethanol blend in gasoline continues to make national headlines. The New York Times recently published an article detailing the proposal by Growth Energy – a group of ethanol producers – to increase ethanol to E15 from the current E10. The story reports on several industry and environmental groups that oppose…more

NMMA takes ethanol fight to the Web

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has set up an online action alert to allow interested parties to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, encouraging them to deny the petition to increase ethanol blend levels in gasoline to E15. The comment period, which began this week, ends May 21. A pro-ethanol lobbying organization called…more

Groups want EPA to reconsider ethanol increase

A broad coalition of groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, is calling for a review by the Environmental Protection Agency of a petition to increase ethanol levels in gasoline. “American motorists and consumers cannot afford to have EPA’s decision on whether to permit the use of ethanol blends higher than 10 percent in motor…more

New how-to books released

Ed Sherman from the American Boat & Yacht Council and David Gerr from the Westlawn Institute of Technology have written new technical books for marine professionals and boaters. Sherman, ABYC instructor and curriculum director, released the second edition of “Outboard Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair.” It features full coverage of the new 4-strokes, conventional electronic…more

Cruisair yacht air-conditioning marks 50 years

Dometic Marine’s Cruisair brand of air-conditioning systems for pleasure yachts is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1959 by Jere Crews. Close to a million Cruisair systems have been installed through the years in yachts all over the world. This includes portable hatch-top air-cooled units for small vessels, to multi-ton tempered-water…more

Marine courses offered at Mass. community college

Two new marine courses, developed under the Jobs in Boating grant, are being offered at Massasoit Community College in Canton, Mass. The courses — marine diesel engines and electrical systems — are a collaboration between the community college and the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association. The marine diesel course runs Feb. 7, 21 and 28, and…more

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Algae-X MTC 1000-LX mobile tank cleaning system

The Algae-X MTC 1000-LX mobile tank cleaning system is manufactured with stainless-steel plumbing, providing the same three-stage performance as the standard MTC-1000 with its traditional brass plumbing. The LX model also features cam and groove (cam lock) couplings to connect the hoses. And to prevent spillage, the cam lock fittings cap the hoses and the…more

Navico giving cash rebate on nav systems

Beginning Jan. 1, and running through the end of March, Navico will offer a sales promotion on the popular Simrad NX40/NX45 Series multi-function navigation systems. The promotion is designed to incentivize consumer purchases and reward dealers for installing these systems on power- and sailboats. This promotion will provide a $250 cash rebate direct to the…more

Ethanol-free fuel being sold in Hawaii

Though most boaters won’t be headed to Hawaii for their fuel, one island distributor is offering ethanol-free gasoline in light of the problems the additive has caused retail customers. Aloha Petroleum is offering ethanol-free Aloha Classic gasoline in Waianae, on the island of Oahu. Rated a minimum 89 octane and containing a detergent additive, Aloha…more

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