Survey: Boaters Opposed to Increased Ethanol

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – With the EPA recently
allowing fuel companies to increase the amount of ethanol found in
gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent, the move could mean more
damaged boat engines for owners who use the fuel.

Ethanol increases the acidity of the fuel, which in older boats
and motors can dissolve fuel tanks and lines, which can ultimately
damage, clog and stall engines. A recent survey conducted by found most anglers who boat were unaware of the
increase in ethanol and the threat the change poses.

Asked if they were aware of the increase in permissible ethanol
levels, 55.9 percent of respondents said “no,” while only 41.2
percent reported being aware of the change.

Asked if they agreed with the change, nearly 60 percent said
“no.” Virtually the same amount of those surveyed said the amount
of permissible ethanol should be reduced back to 10 percent.

For more information on the ethanol issue and its use in boat
engines, click here.

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