Great Lakes - Ethanol free fuel.
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05-15-2011, 10:09 AM
I don't know how everyone feels about ethanol added fuel but if given the choice I want to use ethanol free fuel in my marine engines. I haven't found any of the marinas on the south shore of Lake Erie that offer ethanol free fuel. The marinas I contacted claimed they didn't know if their fuel had ethanol, or they told me they couldn't get non-ethanol fuel. I know it's not true that they can't get it, it simply costs more and is a little tougher to locate.
I found this website that shows locations that have ethanol free fuel by state. There sure isn't a lot of them in Ohio, click the state you want and it will show the stations that currently offer non-ethanol fuel. By all means if you guys find a station not listed PLEASE list it. Here is the link to the website:
Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada (http://pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=OH)
I only have one place near me but I will be filling up my outboard powered boat at Turtle Point Marina to make sure I don't have any problems in my older 85HP Merc.
05-15-2011, 11:39 AM
I was at Fox Haven Marina on Friday and they had it available. Downside is it was like 30 cents higher per gallon then their regular. maybe 4.50 something?
05-15-2011, 05:29 PM
Great, thanks for the update.
I would really like to find some land based stations that offer ethanol free fuel. I have a fishing buddy that goes to Florida for 3 months during the winter. He told me in Florida many of the land based gas stations have ethanol free fuel.
05-16-2011, 09:20 AM
Conneaut boat Club in Conneaut only has ethanol free fuel if anyone's out that way. 10 pound bag of ice is just a buck too!
05-16-2011, 09:26 AM
Being on the St. Lawrence River we have choices on both shores for gas and now the only one is Gordon's Marine in Gananoque. But they are selling it for a premium, around $1.60/ltr or $6/gal.
Bonnie Castle used to be ethanol free but they couldn't find a supplier.
05-16-2011, 06:41 PM
Spritzer on the Black river has it.
05-16-2011, 10:14 PM
Tibbels Marina in East Harbor has alcohol free fuel.
05-17-2011, 11:50 AM
Where is East Harbor, and Spritzer....I am across the river from ABay
05-17-2011, 04:40 PM
East Harbor is in Marblehead and Spitzer is on the Black River in Lorain.
05-17-2011, 05:24 PM
Tibbels has ethanol free? Is it marked on their pumps? Is it 89 octane?
05-17-2011, 08:07 PM
This link may be helpful...
05-19-2011, 01:50 PM
Romps in Vermilion has ethanol free fuel.
05-20-2011, 04:23 AM
Just for laughs you may want to check if ethanol free fuel actually makes any difference to your merc. I have an 04' 150 2S and the technician told me not to worry about it because Merc designed their engines to handle a wide range of fuel. This guy has been working on mercs for close to 30 years so he knows a thing of two and maybe this only applies to the newer motors. Might be worth looking into.
05-21-2011, 09:03 AM
Not the engine that is the problem, the fuel lines and fuel tanks are being impacted by the ethanol depending on what they are made out of.
And fyi Russ; spoke with Beck suppliers a few days back and Drawbridge Marina on the Portage river is alcohol free and at least 89 octane and that is what they specifically order; it does cost a little more to the tune of 20 cents per the supplier, 10 for the higher octane and 10 for ethanol free.
05-21-2011, 11:33 AM
Thanks Jim for the lead on Drawbridge marine. That's right on my way to the lake.
05-26-2011, 06:23 PM
I found out that Channel Grove Marina on East Harbor has ethanol free fuel, plus they have Valvetec additive that supposedly "fixes" any ethanol that you have in your fuel.