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                                             with T-425 hp                        BoatUS says efforts to grow sales of higher blend 15% ethanol fuels such as “Regular
                                             ON ORDER                             88” and reduce or eliminate warning labels are anti-consumer.
                                                                                   Efforts by the ethanol industry to create a new federal rule that would weaken or eliminate
                                                                                  important warning labels designed to prevent boaters and consumers from misfueling with
                                                                                  prohibited higher-ethanol fuels at roadside gas pumps has Boat Owners Association of The
                                        ...but if you do,                         United States (BoatUS) concerned. The national recreational boating advocacy, services and
                                                                                  safety group recently co-signed a letter to EPA Administrator Elizabeth Dermott addressing the
                                        purchase your next one from               proposed “E15 Fuel Dispenser Labeling and Compatibility With Underground Storage Tanks”
                                        Ted Patrick at Lake & Bay!                legislation (EPA-HW-OAR-202-0448) and urging the federal regulator to side with consumers
                                                                                  on its Misfueling Mitigation Program (MMP) to ensure transparency in the sale of fuel to con-
                                                                                  sumers.
           2000 67’ Croswait Sportfi sherman . . . . . . . .T-1350 hp DSL . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  “Ethanol manufacturers are pushing to blend more ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. To
           1979 58’ Hatteras Yacht Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . .T-DSL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  accomplish that, consumers are not being fully informed at the roadside pump about the type
           1989 50’ Bertram Convertible . . . . . . . . . . . .T-735 hp DSL . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  of fuel going into their boats’ gas tanks,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David
           2004 46’ Carver 460 Voyager. . . . . . . . . . . . .T-480 hp DSL  . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  Kennedy. “New marketing schemes to brand these prohibited 15% ethanol fuels as ‘regular 88,’
           1997 45’ Sea Ray 450 Sundancer . . . . . . . . .T-420 hp DSL  . . . . . . . . .$139,900   promoting them as a low-cost alternative and, at the same time, attempting to drive federal
           2003 44’ Cruisers 4450 MY . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T-480 hp DSL  . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  rulemaking efforts to reduce and weaken warning labels at the pump is an anti-consumer one-
           2005 43’ Egg Sport Yacht . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T-700 hp DSL . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  two-three punch that should not be tolerated.”
           2019 42’ Buddy Davis CC  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Triple-425 hp . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  The proposed rulemaking provides no new data on a theoretical basis to support the pro-
           1995 42’ Egg Harbor Convertible  . . . . . . . . .T-485 hp DSL  . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  posals to either decrease the stringency of the existing E15 warning label or eliminate it alto-
           1986 42’ Chris Craft 426 Catalina . . . . . . . . .T-350 hp  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  gether. A 2020 Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) poll shows that only about one in
           2003 41’ Sea Ray  Sundancer . . . . . . . . . . . .T-350 hp DSL  . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  five consumers know that “regular 88” — or 88 octane fuel — has more ethanol (15%) in it than
                                                                                  87 octane (10% ethanol) fuel.
           2003 38’ Regal 3880 Commodore  . . . . . . . .T-420 hp  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD!  Use of ethanol fuel blends with more than 10% ethanol, such as “regular 88,” in recreational
           2001 36’ Cruisers 3672 Esprit . . . . . . . . . . . .T-8.1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$94,500  boat engines, motorcycles, off-road vehicles and power equipment is prohibited by federal law.
           2022 34’ Buddy Davis Center Console . . . . .T-425 hp  . . . . . . . . . . ON ORDER!  E15 fuels have been proven to damage engines and fuel systems, and its use in a marine
           2006 33’ Regal Window Express . . . . . . . . . .T-5.7 L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$89,000  engine voids the warranty.
                                                                                   Consumers have indicated the need for a better, more effective higher-blend ethanol fuel
            Call Us! Quality Listings Always Wanted.                              warning label design as well as more prominent placement of the warning label on the pump.
                                                                                  A recent national poll shows that just 18.25% of consumers think the current E15 label used at
              PROFESSIONAL. PERSONALIZED. CONTACT US TODAY!                       gas pumps across the country is very effective for warning that E15 is hazardous to certain types
                                                                                  of engines.
                                                                                   EPA has also worked to broaden the availability of E15 fuel in the U.S., including most
                              Call TED PATRICK                                    recently with the 2019 repeal of summertime restrictions on its sale. These restrictions were
              for details or an appointment to see these fi ne yachts             originally implemented years ago to address concerns over the higher ethanol fuel’s contribu-
                              t $FMM                                              tion to ground level ozone (smog) on hot days.
                                                                                   “Visit a local gas station dispensing higher ethanol fuels and look for the warning label on
                         lakeandbay@roadrunner.com                                the pump,” added Kennedy. “It’s often hidden or buried along with a mountain of promotional
                                                                                  signage. EPA should help consumers make the right fuel choice, and efforts to weaken the
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                                                                                  Misfueling Mitigation Program, such as stripping away label elements that indicate a warning
                         1BSL 3PX  -BLFTJEF  0IJP                                 message or exclude mention of 15% ethanol altogether, only accommodate the interests of
                                                                                  ethanol producers and harm boaters.” MAB
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