Marine Performance Parts Specialist Offers You Winterization Tips
Stainless Marine your marine performance parts professionals would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding protecting your boat this winter.
Your marine performance parts experts know that the coming of cooler weather means an end to the boating and motorcycling season for many. Chiefly important in preparing these vehicles for winter is managing the potential for engine damage from the federally-mandated ethanol blend in our nation’s gasoline supply.
High performance marine engine parts professionals know that ethanol in gasoline stored for long periods can damage marine and motorcycle engines: “phase separation” of the fuel can leave a corrosive water-soaked ethanol mixture at the bottom of the gas tank.
Your high performance marine parts know that half of the respondents of a recent Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) survey reported that they have had to replace or repair their boat engine or fuel system parts due to suspected ethanol-related damage, costing an average $1,000 for repairs.
You can find more information as well as get assistance on high performance marine parts and on how to protect your boat this winter at Stainless Marine.
To prevent ethanol problems or performance marine problems over the winter, boats with built-in gas tanks should have fuel stabilizer added and the tank left nearly full.
Marine Performance Parts Specialist Continues Discussion on Ethanol Gas Usage to Protect Your Boat This Winter
So how did ethanol get into our gas? Signed into law in 2005 and expanded in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires an increasing amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol to be blended into the gasoline supply. However, the ethanol mandate has failed to achieve promised consumer and environmental benefits.
In addition to winter storage and engine repair concerns, ethanol-blended fuel is actually worse for our air and water. Your high performance marine engine experts know that according to research from the University of Tennessee, ethanol’s “clean alternative” record is “highly questionable.”
But the Environmental Protection Agency ignores the public’s concerns and continues to increase the amount of ethanol required to be blended in our nation’s gas. Even though it’s illegal to use E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume) in marine engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, lawnmowers, and any vehicle made before 2001, E15 can now be found in 24 states.
With a recent $100 million USDA grant made available to subsidize the installation of blender pumps at gas stations throughout the country, access to ethanol-free gas may soon be more difficult, leading to even more cases of inadvertent misfueling and engine damage.
So don’t forget these helpful suggestions and tips on how to protect your boat this upcoming winter. 1) Remember that preparing your vehicles for winter is managing the potential for engine damage from the federally-mandated ethanol blend in our nation’s gasoline supply; 2) Ethanol in gasoline stored for long periods can damage marine and motorcycle engines; and 3) in addition to winter storage and engine repair concerns, ethanol-blended fuel is actually worse for our air and water.
Stainless Marine has more information on marine performance parts, high performance marine parts, outboard engine brackets, and on how to protect your boat this winter.