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How to keep your outboard running smoothly

By Frank Galusha
Fishing buddies, take my word for it, don’t burn ethanol-laden fuel in your outboard engines if you don’t want to ruin them or even place yourself in danger if your engine fails to run properly especially at high speed. And don’t use it in your off-road vehicles, yard machines or other small engines as it will definitely eat your rubber hoses, clog up your filters, cause you to make unnecessary repairs and eat up precious fishing, hunting or offroad time.

If you own a boat, you may have heard by now that a government mandate has been increasing the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply, which not only damages boat engine and fuel systems but can present very real safety concerns. Mandating the increasing use of the ethanol was legislation passed in 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which BoatUS, along with a coalition of world hunger, oil and gas industry, environmental, and restaurant groups, petroleum distributors, meat and poultry producers, and auto and power equipment manufacturers, is now fighting to repeal. That’s because the Standard no longer reflects America’s fuel usage, which has been on a decline and is opposite of the legislation’s assumptions made nearly a decade ago.

No matter what side of the coin you’re on, it’s clear the RFS isn’t working for recreational boat owners. Here’s a short video from the American Petroleum Institute, one of BoatUS’ partners, that says it best:

If you’d like to know more about ethanol and boats, see the BoatUS Magazine feature, “E15: A Good Law, For Yesterday,” at BoatUS.com/e15agoodlawforyesterday.

[Editor’s Note: Boaters are advised to start using ethanol-free gas especially for their outboard engines. (See coupon worth 5ยข off per gallon at Medford Fuel Retail Stations on MyOutdoorBuddy Fishing News pages). The 92 Octane Clear Super (Non-ethanol gasoline) you should have is available from Medford Fuel in Oregon’s Rogue River Valley and elsewhere 24 hours daily at their Pacific Pride locations in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Central Point, White City, Shady Cove and Wolf Creek. Clear Super is also available for retail purchase during normal business hours at retail locations at 936 S. Central Avenue in Medford (at the Medford Fuel office across from Wendy's), at the Upper Rogue 76 Drive up and Espresso in Shady Cove, and Wolf Creek 76 at exit 76 in Wolf Creek. Since January 1, 2010, Clear Super 92 octane can be dispensed for use in any gasoline-powered motor vehicle, as well as all of your yard, garden, and other gasoline-powered equipment that is susceptible to damage from the fuels containing ethanol dispensed at most gas stations. Talk to your mechanic or your small-engine repair shop and get the real story on why non-ethanol Clear Super is the "Clear" choice for preventing costly damage to your engine!]

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS.com) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at BoatUS.org/courses.

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