Regardless of the make and model, most of the recreational boats in the United States are approved to run on E10. The National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) and Crappie Masters use E10 for all of their races.
Ethanol is anhydrous, meaning it doesn’t contain water. If water enters the boat’s tank, phase separation can occur in both pure gasoline and ethanol blends.
E10 is the oxygenate of choice in some water-recreation areas because of its clean air and water benefits. Ethanol is safe for use in: • Two-Stroke Powered Engines • Motorboats • Outboard Motors • Inboard Motors To date, tests have shown no problems using E10 when the manufacturer’s recommendations are followed. The National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) uses E10 at all races in their two-stroke motors. Always confirm with your owner’s manual from the manufacturer if you are unsure.
Internal testing must be completed before a manufacturer recommends using a specific fuel blend. Recognizing the fuel’s growing popularity, all small engine manufacturers have long permitted the use of E10. See your manual for more information.
Today, fuel blended with 10 percent ethanol (E10) comprises more than 95 percent of the gasoline sold nationwide. Regardless of make and model, most of the 12 million recreational boats in the United States are approved to operate on E10. Putting E10 to the test, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) is a partner for the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament Trail.
“Missouri Corn is proud to partner with a progressive organization like Crappie Masters to help showcase ethanol’s performance power on the water,” said Kevin Hurst, incoming MCGA president and farmer from Tarkio, Mo. “These guys are serious about fishing and serious about their boats. They need a fuel they can trust and that is gas blended with 10 percent of renewable, cleaner burning, Missouri-made ethanol.”
Crappie Masters Television Show is available on the Pursuit Channel for Dish Network and Directv customers.
Winterization & Storage
Adding ethanol does not shorten the shelf life or stability of motor fuel, nor does it affect the fuel combustibility.
Winterization techniques from the fuel storage perspective are typically identical for gasoline and E10 fuels with some additional warning as to water or condensation contamination for ethanol–blended fuels. Having your watercraft prepared for storage by an authorized facility is always the preferred method for winterizing.
Additional fuel storage recommendations, specific to your geographic location, may be available from the local, authorized marine servicing dealer.