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Old 05-19-2017, 01:51 PM   #21
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I have a four stroke 25hp Mercury on a pontoon boat. If I use Ethanol gas I dump it after three weeks otherwise I have trouble with starting.

Given current regulations I have to travel to another county to buy Ethanol free gas.
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I have a 60hp Suzuki that's never had anything done to it's fuel system. Always runs perfect and it is almost never is used. I have run mostly reg unleaded fuel with the alcohol included.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:55 PM   #22
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How much per gallon do those two additives cost?
Not very much. Depends how much of which brand you put in, too.

Berryman is good for the goose and Soltron is good for the gander.

They accomplish different things to different items. Few bucks to keep fuel lines unclogged and carbs clean... as well as fuel fresh... = $$ well spent - IMO!
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:57 PM   #23
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I have a 60hp Suzuki that's never had anything done to it's fuel system. Always runs perfect and it is almost never is used. I have run mostly reg unleaded fuel with the alcohol included.
Ditto - Regarding our 50 hp 1975 Johnson.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:58 PM   #24
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Wifey B: Dormant is a mortal sin, I think.
Only a sin if correct additives are not put in from the get go!
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:28 PM   #25
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Only a sin if correct additives are not put in from the get go!
Wifey B: No, still is. Should be used. Waste not. And dormant is wasting.
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:17 PM   #26
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My best friend recently gave me a lightly used 1998 15HP Merc 2-stroke. I had been borrowing it since he wasn't using it and it runs like new. I seriously doubt it's got more than 100 hrs based on the history I know from the prior 2 owners.

Today I ordered a Garhauer lifting davit and Clevel EZ Lift motor lifting harness. I will use it to transfer the 77 lb motor from the dink to the transom mount, generously donated by Capt Bligh! I'll invest in a good locking cable and padlock to ensure its security.





I'll start a new thread on the lifting davit/motor mount installation. Love new boat projects!
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Old 05-19-2017, 06:27 PM   #27
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As far as I know, no additives can prevent phase separation in ethanol gasoline.
Some additives claim to help, but I have not seen anything to confirm it.

http://www.boatus.com/magazine/2011/...er/ethanol.asp
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:51 PM   #28
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As far as I know, no additives can prevent phase separation in ethanol gasoline.
Some additives claim to help, but I have not seen anything to confirm it.

Three Ethanol Myths Clarified - BoatUS Magazine
I consistently use Soltron at just a smidge over prescribed amount in Our Tolly's two 100 gallon aluminum gasoline tanks.

Had very dirty fuel in tanks when purchased boat... used Soltron at 3X amount then. Within a couple to three tank full [Soltron added each fillup] gasoline became spotless clean.

Before hand it was a freaking mess with fuel filters needing to be changed at 1/2 of full tank usage. Been nine [9] years since boat purchase and a soon cleaned fuel system. No problem since. No muck or water in filters since.

Have not needed to change a filter for years... even though I annually take the filter off and drain its contents into clear glass jar. Contents are so clean I pour it back into the canister and replace filter. I do have two sets of spare filters aboard - just incase need ever arises.
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I will say....my Yamaha 15hp 2 stroke runs pretty well on E gas. BUT there are precautions to take. The biggest one, as Wifey B has already stated, is to use your boat!!! If the boat does not sit, there is no chance for the water to separate out of the gas. Secondly, as my Yamaha dealer told me, DO NOT run all of the gas out of the engine when you are done with it for long periods(ie to store it). What little is left in the bowl will likely be water and that water will sit in that bowl and f**k s**t up. I used to have issues with E gas but since I have been following his advice, no issues. My dinghy just sat for 6 months without use. Fired up on first pull and then we took it out for a 2 hour cruise and it did not hiccup.
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I will say....my Yamaha 15hp 2 stroke runs pretty well on E gas. BUT there are precautions to take. The biggest one, as Wifey B has already stated, is to use your boat!!! If the boat does not sit, there is no chance for the water to separate out of the gas. Secondly, as my Yamaha dealer told me, DO NOT run all of the gas out of the engine when you are done with it for long periods(ie to store it). What little is left in the bowl will likely be water and that water will sit in that bowl and f**k s**t up. I used to have issues with E gas but since I have been following his advice, no issues. My dinghy just sat for 6 months without use. Fired up on first pull and then we took it out for a 2 hour cruise and it did not hiccup.
I much agree ... per... my post #17!
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