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Old 05-07-2014, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Running ethanol/gas on a long run.

I know ethanol gas is for crap. My question is...would it be bad if one was to fuel up that morning and run to the Spur...fish/troll all day and run back in ...that way the fuel cell is about empty?..I know that since the fuel cell is vented the fresh air coming into the tank creates water in the fuel cell. Any comments.
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How often do you run your boat.

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I'm not an expert but I was told to make sure you put the elthanol treatment in it if you are going you use ethanol gas as well as change your filter frequently.
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I would be running every weekend if possible. Right now I'm running Non-Ethanol.
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Running it every weekend after one tank of ethanol will not hurt. It's when it sits is when the problems occur. Fill it back up when you get back to dilute what's left too

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I wonder if it would hurt if I did every other time?
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I wonder if it would hurt if I did every other time?
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I used to run ethanol gas all the time in my boat when I used it every weekend or more. I had an old 1996 model boat and outboard too. I never had a problem. If you can avoid it, it's advised to do so. But running it through there every now and then when you use your boat all the time should not hurt anything. It's when it sits and the ethanol will bind itself with the water molecules in any moisture that gets into the tank. I am talking on the molecular level. As soon as it has bonded with enough water molecules, it becomes heavier and sinks to your fuel pickup and becomes what called phased seperated ethanol and will be like putting straight water and alcohol into your engine. It can and will cause major damage to a motor. I've seen it and been the great recipient of it's damage while 20 miles out. Shut both motors down and had to get Tow Boat out. Got home and pulled 5 gallons of phase separated ethanol/water out of the tank. Scored the piston walls on one motor etc... But it runs fine in vehicles etc... because they are used on a daily/weekly basis. Anything that sits for more than a week can and will have problems from ethanol.
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The way I see it it's not worth it. Over here non ethanol is around $0.20 more a gallon. So say you make a long run and burn 100 gallons you are only talking about a $20 difference. I run non ethanol in every single one of my engines with the exception of my truck.
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That's how I see it too. Your talking a few dollars really for one trip. Why risk it? I truly believe what Telum said but for a 20$ difference there is no need.
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Good info...I will not even think about again for that small price difference per trip...thx.
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