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Important Ethanol Information

posted Jan 2, 2012, 10:45 AM by Longview Yacht Club

Mercury Marine debunks ethanol myths.  This is helpful information in dealing with engine problems

Mercury Marine, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine engines, recently held a webinar, according to Boat US, to debunk some of the myths that swirling around the industry and among boat owners.

There is no active transfer mechanism for ethanol molecules to reach out and ‘grab’ water molecules out of the air.  Under normal storage conditions, even in a vented fuel tank, it just does not happen at a rate that is relevant.

Major multi-billion dollar companies with enormous resources have improved gasoline additives but there is no recent breakthrough involving ‘magical technology’.  Claims made by companies about ‘space age’, ‘revolutionary’, or special proprietary technology should be looked at with a high degree of suspicion.

“E10 Ethanol absolutely IS an acceptable fuel for everyday use”

“E15 Ethanol absolutely is not an acceptable fuel”

After the transition period from E0, E10 may actually be a superior be a superior marine fuel as it tends to keep low levels of water moving through the fuel system, keeping the system dry.

Don’t immediately assume E10 is the problem if you have engine problems. For considerably more information on this subject go to the Dec 2011 issue of Boat U.S.