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Old 18 November 2011, 16:02   #1
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Eco Fuel????

When I was Cowes a few weeks ago the guy on the fuel barge said they didn't have any petrol left as they had to drain the tanks because they were switching over to eco fuel.

So if I fill up from there in the future will this eco fuel be ok in my tanks and in my 1995 2 smoke outboard???

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Old 19 November 2011, 03:21   #2
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I believe Eco Fuel is a generic term so you'll have to ask them for more details.
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Old 19 November 2011, 04:50   #3
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It'll probably be 7.5% ethanol, possibly even 10%. Most petrol is currently 5%, bizarrely the (more) expensive higher octane fuels e.g. Vmax, Optimum etc contain more ethanol as it increases the octane rating. Bog standard unleaded generally has less ethanol. As we all know ethanol is a bad thing
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Old 20 November 2011, 04:54   #4
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I think Pikey Dave is not scareing you enough. Any so called supper fuel or change from the standard will hurt your engine.

Oh and this is on 4 strokes as well.
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Old 20 November 2011, 09:11   #5
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Here main stream fuel is now called 95E10, containing 10% ethanol. That is not workable for older outboards. I use 98E(max 5 % ethanol) for my Yam, so far ok but in my opinion 5% too much ethanol in that too....

I am not at all convinced about the real ecological benefit of using ethanol in fuel, time
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Ethanol attracts water and holds the water suspended in the fuel.

Its SHITE and if you are going to run it in your boat make sure you have the best water seperator / filter that you can get and I would even consider having two.
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Old 20 November 2011, 11:17   #7
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Should add... one of the main issues if you have not run E10 before is that it does not mix well with normal fuel and also will clean a lot of built up deposits from the tank and piping which although it sounds good actually can cause issues. Make sure you carry a couple of spare fuel filters when you are starting to run it.
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Ethanol attracts water and holds the water suspended in the fuel.

Its SHITE and if you are going to run it in your boat make sure you have the best water seperator / filter that you can get and I would even consider having two.

Hi All

I have been using only shell v power super unleaded for the last two seasons and have never found water in the separator filter but i am not sure on the ethanol content of this fuel
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I have been using only shell v power super unleaded for the last two seasons and have never found water in the separator filter but i am not sure on the ethanol content of this fuel
The vpower contains more ethanol than regular unleaded. You are basically paying more for less

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We've had E10 over here for a long time. Works fine in every outboard I've owned. A 2 stroke mariner 15hp, a 25hp 4 stroke Yam and a 60hp 4 stroke Yam. Yes it absorbs water. Doesn't seem to be an issue as I fill up along with the truck. I'd be more wary at low volume marinas.
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