Ethanol-gasoline mix can be a costly cocktail

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Rusty Stuart had no qualms about heading out in his 32-foot boat for a day of offshore fishing. The ocean was beautiful, and the fishing 30 miles out was good. But his mood began to waver when both outboard engines began sputtering.

"I almost didn't get back in," Stuart said. "I took the boat to the shop and it cost me $800 to get it fixed. It was because of ethanol."

Most gas stations today carry a blend of gasoline and 10 percent ethanol (E10), an additive used to increase octane and decrease emissions into the atmosphere. But gasoline blended with ethanol can cause problems for boat owners.

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