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BoatUS, the nation’s largest association of recreational boat owners, has issued a press citing a recent Boating Industry magazine survey supporting growing concerns about using ethanol fuels in marine engines. According to the survey, 87 percent of the respondents reported “seeing boat-engine damage caused by ethanol.” That number, according to the magazine article, was up from 73 percent in the same survey taken in 2015.
Sent to readers from dealerships, marinas, engine and boat manufacturers around the country, the survey was answered in April and May. According to the results, many respondents raised concerns of misfueling at roadside gas stations. The Boating Industry survey follows a Harris Poll study conducted for the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute earlier this year, with 64 percent of American adults reporting they weren’t sure or didn’t pay attention to the type of gas they used, according to the BoatUS release.
Approximately 40 percent of more than a half-million BoatUS members report filling up their boats service station, according to the release, and another 35 percent use portable gas cans.
“Misfueling is our No. 1 concern,” said David Kennedy, the BoatUS Government Affairs senior program manager.