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Old 07-13-2015, 11:41 AM
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Just received this from Boat US. Contact your representatives!

July 13, 2015

Dear BoatU.S. Member-

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for comments on a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply for 2015 and 2016. If adopted, these proposed levels will require the use of a record amount of ethanol, forcing higher-level fuel blends (including E15 or 15% ethanol) into more gas stations. Remember that most marine engines are built to only work with up to 10% ethanol and it is prohibited to use gas containing more than 10% ethanol in all marine engines.

Please take a moment to send a message NOW urging the EPA to lower the ethanol mandates to ensure an adequate supply of fuel that will work in your boat.

Background:

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When written, it was assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to rise and therefore mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with our fuel. Since 2005, U.S. gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily and now the law forces more ethanol into fewer gallons of gasoline.

To keep up with this mandate, in 2010 the EPA permitted E15 (fuel containing up to 15% ethanol) into the marketplace, for some engines. E15 is prohibited from being used in marine engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, small engines like lawnmowers and leaf blowers, as well as any vehicle made before 2001. In multiple studies, E15 has been proven to damage boat engines.

E15 and higher ethanol blends fuel can now be found in 24 states, often at the very same pumps as E10 gasoline. The only warning you may have is one sticker mixed in with all the other warning labels on the pump. This creates a huge potential for mis-fueling and puts boaters at risk of using fuel that will damage their engines. CLICK HERE for more information on E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Thanks for being a BoatU.S. member and for taking action to let EPA hear how you care about the ethanol level in the fuel you buy for your boat engine. Help us out and please FORWARD TO A FRIEND.

Sincerely,

Margaret B. Podlich
President, BoatU.S.
703-461-2878 x8363
www.BoatUS.com/gov
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:14 PM
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I was about 10 miles offshore when my 2000 200hp Suzuki died! I had no clue it was an ethanol issue. I did have a sense it was fuel related so I removed the fuel cap thinking the vent might be clogged. Eventually I got it going again but as I added throttle the rpm's would slowly go down. It konked out 3 more times on the way in and my speed was reduced to about 3 knts. Then it was in the shop to replace all the fuel lines and fuel pick-up, tune up and a $400.00 bill.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:34 PM
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I stopped running that garbage in my boat last year after footing a $1400 bill to have the tank pumped and all the injectors sent off and cleaned. Two of them were clogged.
There's a local station that sells non-ethanol mid grade, so I fuel the boat up there now. It's a bit more expensive, but worth it imo.
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In Ga the marina's sell ethanol free gas.
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Good luck...zero shot of stopping this...which blows.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
In Ga the marina's sell ethanol free gas.
Wish more did up here. I am not aware of any.
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Great let's put more food in our gas tanks.

These ass hats are total idiots.

Watch the price of beef go even higher.

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Old 07-13-2015, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Wish more did up here. I am not aware of any.
You can get it in Ocean City or Salisbury.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Hollywood9s View Post
I stopped running that garbage in my boat last year after footing a $1400 bill to have the tank pumped and all the injectors sent off and cleaned. Two of them were clogged.
There's a local station that sells non-ethanol mid grade, so I fuel the boat up there now. It's a bit more expensive, but worth it imo.
I have had maintenance bills due to ethanol too.. I have switched over to non ethanol also...its not worth burning it...
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Originally Posted by Hollywood9s View Post
You can get it in Ocean City or Salisbury.
Problem is boat is wet slipped in Lewes. Would kind of negate that if I have to pull and tow it an hour each way every time to get gas.
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There is a special place in hell for politicians and corrupt corn lobbyists.
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Problem is boat is wet slipped in Lewes. Would kind of negate that if I have to pull and tow it an hour each way every time to get gas.
Lol.....yeah, that might be a problem. I don't know why none of the DE marinas sell it. Several of the OC marinas do.
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