Outdoors Magazine

Gas Warning for Boat Engines

By Sailingguide

Have you noticed a new sticker appearing on some gas station pumps about 15% ethanol? While this new E15 fuel may be safe for cars, boaters with gas engines already know about the problems that have resulted from even the 10% formulation. Marinas are not supposed to sell the 15% stuff, but boaters who fill a gas can at their local station for use in an outboard engine could accidentally end up with E15, which might cause significant problems. (My sailboat engine is diesel, but my dinghy outboard uses gas, and I've been known to use auto gas - no more!)


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