Ethanol is commonly used to fuel cars and trucks, but can you just fill up your favorite boat with ethanol safely? Boating Magazine features an article that explores the issue in detail. You may love or hate ethanol, but more states are making its use mandatory. Boaters need to know how to protect their boat engine and fuel system.
You might know that boat engines are similar to car engines, but they react to ethanol differently in how they burn fuel, causing problems that you might not expect. How your local marina filters their fuel may also be a factor.
If you’re less than a master boat mechanic, all the potential problems might make you dizzy like gas fumes. There is a 12-step checklist at the end of the article to help prepare your boat engine for ethanol safely.