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Press photo by Nick Hromiak Ethanol gasoline is creating problems with marine motors according to Boating Industry magazine. Press photo by Nick Hromiak Ethanol gasoline is creating problems with marine motors according to Boating Industry magazine.

Outdoors: Growing number of boat motor issues

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

If you’re a motor boat owner and are you having motor problems because of ethanol contaminating the innards of your motor, a new survey by Boating Industry Magazine says those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

The reader survey results, which appear in the magazine’s July 2017 issue, reports 92-percent of survey respondents said they have seen damage caused by ethanol and more business for the service department. The most recent results are up from 87-percent from a similar survey last year.

The July feature “Ethanol Still a Significant Challenge” survey showed 15-percent of readers said that based on what they are seeing in their business, more than half of the necessary repairs are being caused by ethanol-related issues. Eighty-five percent of survey takers were “very concerned” about the use of E15 (fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol).

Signed into law in 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires an increasing amount of biofuels, such as corn ethanol, to be blended into the gasoline supply. When it was written, the RFS assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to grow. Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas.

To keep up with the RFS mandate, the EPA in 2010 granted a waiver to allow E15 into the marketplace. However, only fuels containing up to 10 percent ethanol (E10) are permitted for use in recreational boats. But according to Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), even 10 percent ethanol-laced fuel still creates problems for many marine motors.

For the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group, (BoatUS), the survey’s results add to urgency to fix the RFS. Said Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy, “For the people who know boats best, the readers of Boating Industry magazine who work on boats and keep them running so we can all enjoy a great day on the water, ethanol continues to be a concern. It will remain this way until we fix America’s broken ethanol policy.”

Locally, I know Ike’s Sunoco station on Airport Road across from ABE Airport, sells non-ethanol gasoline. It’s not cheap though as the last time I bought some it was a little over $3 a gallon.

Go to for more information on the Renewable Fuel Standard.


From AP wire reports comes the story of a 926-pound mako shark caught about 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey in the area known as Hudson Canyon. The Hudson is a deep water canyon that is populated by a number of large fish and has produced multiple record setting fish catches. It’s known as the place to fish for large tuna and marlin during summer months.

The huge mako was weighed and displayed in Brielle, NJ and the boats captain, Kevin Gerrity, said they didn’t think they could manage to catch the shark and when they did, it took over two hours to pull it aboard.

So far, it’s the largest shark ever caught in the state’s history as the previous tiger shark weighed in at 880 pounds and was caught off Cape May in 1988, per NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife. Unfortunately, the latest wire report says the mako won’t be considered a state record because it was fought and landed by three anglers, not one. But it makes for tasty deep fried shark bites and fillets.