10% Ethanol Free Gas not available for boats in my area

Discussion in 'Alternative Fuel Forum' started by diyer999, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. diyer999

    diyer999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Many times I have read [at this website and forum] about going to where they have boats and being able to purchase ethanol free gasoline in small quantities so that our power tool carburetor's internal parts are not ruined.

    Well, today I called a local Marina for the first time and they quickly informed me there was no such thing, saying it all has 10% ethanol. I'm curious as to why so many members here talked about getting their gasoline from Marinas, when it doesnt exist?
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Look up by your state, then city or surrounding area. Good luck.

    (What does 10% ethanol free even mean??)
  3. skew

    skew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Our local marina has it but its $4.79 gal & 93 octane its the only place in our county that has it. They have to buy full tanker loads at a time to get it. I would hate to pull up a houseboat to fill up at those prices. But Im not walking
    all the way down to the dock to buy it.
  4. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    There's three places here in the charlotte area that I know sell ethanol free gas. None are marina's but if I go to the lake norman area all the marina's have ethanol free fuel. Its not cheap though.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,285

    Because whoever you talked to is an idiot.

    Call your local bulk fuel suppliers and ask who they sell recreational gas to. Go to that gas station.

    The folks in corn country can still by 100% gas, no ethanol. Go figure.
  6. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's cheaper for me to purchase gasoline where I am located at the time, whether gasoline is 10 cents cheaper or ethanol free up the road doesn't make a lick of difference to me, by the time I drive to that location I have spent more than the benefit is worth, a new carburetor's 10 dollars and fueling stations are nowhere near the top of my list of scheduled routing priorities, then again I do run premium so this is one headache I don't have.
  7. diyer999

    diyer999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Well, I would pay that price in a heartbeat for small amounts to use in outdoor power tools. But a boat, well, I might not want to then. But for $4.79/gal, that sure beats Home Depot and Lowes for their $7/Qt ethanol free gas.
  8. diyer999

    diyer999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Well, that's a BS reply, cause you aint buyin no brand new Walbro or Zama carb for $10, not even a rebuilt one. I priced a Walbro for an older Stihl FS66 and it was $90 retail. You must be buying stolen ones off of Craigslist or eBay!
  9. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The closest place to me that sells ethanol free fuel is over 100 miles away. I live near many marinas on the river, and go to many lakes quite often.

    I wish I could run it. Several years ago when on vacation I put ethanol free 87 octane in my truck down in VA. The truck seemed more responsive(by my butt dyno), and I got 2mpg's better. I believe at the time I paid 15-20 cents more for it than the 10% stuff across the street.
  10. diyer999

    diyer999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    I've been looking into this for my state. Evidently it cant be found near big city areas (Philadelphia, Pa). I cant speak for other big cities. Of course that is where the bulk of vehicles are located. I remember about ten years ago, I would buy this stuff farther away from the city for about $0.25 to $0.50 cents/gal cheaper, yeah, actually cheaper. I did the math and it wasnt worth my traveling there to get it. I would only buy it if I was going in that direction. But it was the price that motivated me not the ethanol free thing. Actually, I wasnt even aware of the issue at that time and just ran the ethanol stuff in my tools. However, I did notice the performance thing that you mentioned, as well as, the increased mileage too.

    A bit off topic but the thing that irks me about the go green thing (and going green is ok with me), is that creating one Hybrid gas-electric vehicle creates a far larger carbon footprint on the Earth, and does far more damage to the environment than if they never made it and made a non hybrid vehicle instead. And the cost of a hybrid is not offset by the fuel savings. Yes, global warming seems to be occurring and needs to be addressed, but Hybrids aint the answer, Hydrogen is and they know it, but in the meantime this is all big money and political BS!

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