Skip to main content

Watch Out for E15 Gasoline

GovAff E15 Waiver Fuel for Summertime is not good for boaters Photo CREDIT NMMA 4_18_22

Because of rising gas prices, on April 12, the Biden administration gave a Clean Air Act waiver to allow the sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15) in it. That could spell trouble for boat owners, according to the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.)

BoatU.S. says recreational vessels are never compatible with E15. It is not permitted by federal law to use E15 fuel in boats, voids the engine warranty, and has been proven to cause damage to marine engines. It also causes engines to run hotter and contains less energy than E10. Recreational vessel engines may only use gasoline containing no more than 10 percent ethanol (E10).

BoatU.S. says the majority of boaters fill up their boats at roadside gas stations. The advocacy group fears that recreational boaters may inadvertently put E15 into their boats because roadside fuel pumps have poor warning labels. They are working with the EPA to improve labeling. Until then, Beware at the pump!

You can read more about E15’s dangers and what to look for at the BoatU.S. website.



Adding Fuel to the Fire

Gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol is finding its way to gas stations everywhere, and that’s bad news for skippers who fuel trailered boats at the pump.


Proposed Year-Round Sale Of E15 Gasoline Meets With Resistance

Last week’s government announcement that gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) will be sold year-round was met with resistance from a number of marine industry groups. READ MORE


Maryland Recreational Boating Ban Lifted

The Old Line State was the last to lift its recreational boating restrictions.


Photo Shows AC75 Flying Out of Control

The Luna Rossa America’s Cup boat aimed for the sky and “shocked” its crew


Maryland Restricts Recreational Boating Activities to Fight Coronavirus Spread

The governor’s order to stay at home means there will be no recreational boating until further notice.

Pubs Gas Saving Tips for Summer photo 2022 3_17_22.jpg

21 Ways to Save Gas While Boating

BoatU.S. gathered these tips to make your boat more efficient, more affordable to operate, and friendlier to the environment, too