A decommissioning warning against ethanol

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BoatUS issued a statement that warns recreational boat owners to take special precautions with E-10 gas and review their insurance policy before they put their boat to bed for winter.

Otherwise, they risk trouble next spring when they try to start the engine.

“Today it's highly likely that your boat's gasoline contains a mixture of up to 10 percent ethanol, which is known to damage engines and boat fuel systems, especially over the long winter storage season,” BoatUS said in a statement. “If you have a portable gas tank on your boat, try to use as much gas as possible before you put the boat away at the end of the season. Any remaining gas or gas-and-oil mix that's left in the portable tank can be put in your car or outdoor power equipment, respectively. The goal here is to use it up as quickly as possible.”

Click here for the full release and click here for a detailed look at ethanol and winter storage.