June 02, 2016
Article Corrects Myths About American Ethanol in Marine Engines
An article published in the June issue of Speedboat, “The Truth About Ethanol,” takes an honest look at the negativity surrounding ethanol in marine engines and sets the record straight on many of the myths and misinformation about ethanol. The article has insight from veterans of both the ethanol and marine engine industries, and dispels many of the negative rumors surrounding the use of ethanol in marine engines. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"You're at the marina. You're ready to fill your boat with gas. You approach the pump and you see that familiar slogan: Does not contain ethanol. That sounds like something bad, doesn't it? Like Contains no gluten, or This product is non-toxic. So what's so bad about ethanol? Myths about ethanol fuel have run rampant, and for many, it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. So let's take a closer look at this biofuel: What it is, how it impacts boaters, and whether or not you should be using it.
Let’s start with the basics. What is ethanol? Well, if you've ever treated yourself to a distilled beverage, spirit, or liquor, you've consumed ethyl alcohol. That's ethanol. The substance is produced from organic matter, such as corn, wheat, sugar cane, grass, et al. Ethanol was used in fuel more than 100 years ago - in fact, the Ford Motor Company's first car, the Model T, was powered by ethanol gasoline made from corn, which is still the #1 ingredient of gasoline containing ethanol sold in the U.S. today.
In the early 2000s, the popularity of ethanol began to expand as an oxygenating agent for gasoline, replacing MTBE. It's typically added to fuel in order to reduce the hydrocarbon emissions that cause air pollution. Ethanol/gasoline blends are now available at most service stations around the United States; nearly all of the gasoline sold in the U.S. contains about 10 percent ethanol, and it burns safely in all cars, trucks and boats."