FUEL FOR THOUGHT

Motorboat & Yachting - - COLUMN -

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

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