One of the greatest concerns facing the recreational boating industry today relates to the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically the introduction of E15 into the marketplace. E15 is fuel that is 15 percent ethanol in volume. The fuel currently stocked at the majority of our nation’s gas pumps is E10, or 10 percent ethanol.

The EPA has introduced ethanol as an energy-saving initiative and an alternative to petroleum-based fuels.  However, ethanol actually has lower energy content than gasoline. That means that about one-third more ethanol is required to travel the same distance as on gasoline.

The potential for consumers to use fuel with a percentage of ethanol above 10 percent in boat engines is detrimental to the U.S. recreational boating industry, an important economic driver for large parts of the country. There are serious and well-documented human safety, environmental, and technology concerns associated with ethanol blends over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines.