FUEL FOR THOUGHT
You may be aware that the government is proposing to increase the amount of bioethanol in petrol from 5% to 10%, by 2020 leading to potential engine reliability issues, especially when left unused for long periods. There is also an intention to withdraw Super Unleaded from sale.
I have just spent a couple of thousand pounds on a new outboard and have already experienced issues using cheaper fuel, which I understand has a higher level of bioethanol content. While a lot of motorists are expressing concern that their cars will not run cleanly on the new fuel, I haven’t seen any representation from fellow boaters. I suggest we should all be contributing to the consultation. David Phillips This is the first I’ve heard of it and something we will certainly look into, although I’d question whether your current engine issues are related to a higher bioethanol content or simply fuel that has become contaminated prior to purchase due to dirty tanks, age or water ingress. Hugo