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BoatUS wants to know more about how boaters will refuel their boats this summer boating season.

Boats and Ethanol Fuel: BoatUS Wants to Hear From You 

Take a short 13-question survey

 

With the start of the boating season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) wants to hear from boaters about their experiences with ethanol fuels in an online survey at https://bit.ly/2JM4AS5. The short, 13-question survey is an effort to gain an understanding about how ethanol fuels are affecting recreational boating this summer, gauge opinion, and seek out comments related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

 

When it was passed in 2005, the RFS assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to grow. Since then, however, gasoline usage has not increased as forecast, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas. To keep up with the RFS mandate and avoid hitting a “blend wall” in which the volume of ethanol production would exceed consumption and infrastructure constraints, in 2010 the EPA granted a waiver to allow E15 into the marketplace. Recently, President Trump also proposed the sale of E15 year-round.

 

Only fuels containing up to 10 percent ethanol (E10) are permitted for use in recreational boats, and anything greater voids many marine engine warranties. However, 92 percent of readers of Boating Industry magazine that serves the boating trades reported in 2017 that they have seen damage caused by ethanol, which also decreases fuel economy, thus increasing fuel cost, and has questionable environmental benefits. BoatUS also has concerns over potential consumer misfueling as E15 pump labeling requirements are minimal with just a small orange warning label.

 

BoatUS is a member of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition which aims to reform the broken RFS. For more information, go to www.SmarterFuelFuture.org.

Previous news and articles on the ethanol issue:

www.coastalboating.net/News/2017/05-2017/16-05.../index.html
Big Ethanol” is at it again. In a new advertising campaign timed with the start of boating season, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the leading trade ...
www.coastalboating.net/News/2015/11-2015/04-11.../index.html
Ethanol in gasoline stored for long periods can damage marine and motorcycle engines: “phase separation” of the fuel can leave a corrosive water-soaked ...
coastalboating.net/News/2015/09-2015/01-09.../index.html
As boaters head into the Labor Day weekend and fill up their boat's gas tank for one last hurrah of the season, a vast majority say they want ethanol-free gas, but  ...
www.coastalboating.net/News/2016/07.../04...Ethanol.../index.html
Most marine engines are built to only work with up to 10% ethanol, and it is illegal to use gas containing more than 10% ethanol in any marine engine.
www.coastalboating.net/News/2015/06-2015/...ethanol/index.html
Jun 17, 2015 ... Engine manufacturers from across the recreational boating industry identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol, ...
www.coastalboating.net/News/2016/05-2016/26-05.../index.html
One mistake at the fuel pump this summer could be costly for boaters who misfuel and inadvertently dispense unapproved, high ethanol blends into the boat's ...
www.coastalboating.net/News/2016/07-2016/14-07.../index.html
BoatUS had asked the boating public to add their voice to a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's gasoline supply for ...
www.coastalboating.net/News/2015/07-2015/14-07.../index.html
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 federal law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When it was written,  ...
www.coastalboating.net/News/2016/02-2016/25-02.../index.html
Feb 24, 2016 ... E0, or ethanol-free gasoline for boaters may be hard to come by this summer as a result of the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate forcing more ...
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