RFA Launches Ethanol and Boating Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

With summer just around the corner, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has launched an advertising campaign to explain the fact regarding ethanol usage in marine engines.

The campaign kicked off with a two-page ad in the latest issue of Marina Dock Age, which is delivered to nearly every marina in the United States. The campaign will also feature educational outreach and further ad placement in news outlets throughout the country.

The ad points out the fact that 10% ethanol (E10) has been used in all type of marine engines and that it is approved by major marine manufacturers including Honda, Kawasaki and Mercury Marine.

Quoted in the ad is Mike Vallentine, owner of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, who says 100% of the anglers in their tournament use E10 in their boats. “For three seasons now, Crappie Masters has received zero complaints, nor had any fuel-related engine problems reported,” said Vallentine.

RFA is co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail this year in an effort to educate boaters, conservation enthusiasts and consumers about ethanol’s benefits and its use in boats and other marine applications.

RFA notes that while E10 is approved for use in all marine engines, higher ethanol blends, such as E15, are not. EPA has approved the use of E15 in all 2001 and later model year vehicles, but only for on-road vehicles.

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