Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
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We had to rebuild the carburator on our outboard three times last year, due to ethanol in the fuel.
The last place we saw no-ethanol gas for the dinghy was Deltaville Marina in VA. If we drive from Annapolis to Deltaville or somewhere else outside of EPAs clean air zone around MD-VA-DC (3-4 hours each way) and fill a gas tank, stay overnight in a motel and drive back next day, we STILL save money compared to the cost of a rebuild!!!
I found this list of ethanol-free marinas for anyone else in the same circumstances: Ethanol Project | Chesapeake Bay Magazine
You had to rebuild the carb 3 times. You've no evidence that it was due to ethanol. Let me go further - it wasn't. The main issue with ethanol is that the fuel can attract water long term. Easily fixed with a dash of Stabil.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
Last edited by MarkSF; 10-27-2011 at 02:52 PM.