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  11 Nov 2011
 



Life's tough for outboards on E street

Would you knowingly add a product to your boat's petrol or diesel that destroys fuel lines, feasts on polyester resin in fibre glass fuel tanks and corrodes aluminium tanks, causes deterioration of engine parts, rusting, clogging of filters and carburettor jets, and releases gunk and sludge throughout the engine?

It makes about as much sense as smoking a pack of ciggies a day, so most would say no! But at some stage in the future you may be asked to.

The use of 10% ethanol in unleaded petrol is pretty common nowadays, unless you pay for premium. Marine engines hate the stuff because they run under heavy load most of the time.

High levels of ethanol are bad for outboards and the environment  Belize Yachts

What's more, it's a solvent that eats rubber and absorbs water. When mixed with petrol ethanol reacts to form a chemical that sinks to the bottom of the tank and corrodes the metal.

So what's being done about it? Well, rather than decreasing the level there's a push by the all-powerful Environmental Protection Agency in the US to increase the ethanol content to 15%.

In response, the US Department of Energy has released the results of two studies on the effects of using E15 in marine engines. Both reports show severe damage to engine components and an increase in exhaust emissions.

In durability testing, two of the three outboard engines sustained enough damage to prevent them from completing the test cycle.

Many modern outboards will run on E10 but when the fuel contains 15 per cent ethanol, all engines will begin stalling and exhaust gas temperatures are significantly elevated.

The irony is that ethanol contains less energy than petrol, so more of it is required.


Mark Rothfield



Xtremely successful Gold Coast Marine Expo generates Xponential sales
Stephen Milne,
It was an extremely successful boating exposition with 15,769 people through the gates and sales in the tens of millions during the three day event proving that the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo has ‘put a breath of fresh air into the Australian marine industry'.... [more]
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Two die during Key West Super Boat World Championships + Video
Powerboat-World.com,
Two powerboat competitors died after their boat crashed at high speed during the Key West Super Boat World Championships.... [more]
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Superyacht Australia and AIMEX share a stand at Fort Lauderdale
AIMEX,
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, 27-31 October 2011, certainly had an upbeat feel for the first two days with the Australian stand kept busy all day with quality leads and considerable interest from visitors in cruising Australian waters and purchasing Australian product.... [more]
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Dragon boat races on Tweed River - Exclusive use this Sunday
Penny Robins,
Dragon boat races are being held on Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed River, this Sunday. NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event. NSW Maritime Regional Manager North Coast James Green said boaters should avoid the buoyed area within Jack Evans Boat Harbour between 8am and 5pm this Sunday, 13 November.... [more]
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Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic - Exclusive use of Hawkesbury River
Penny Robins,
Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic 2011 is being held this weekend on the Hawkesbury River. NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event. NSW Maritime Acting Regional Manager Hawkesbury/Broken Bay Hendrik Clasie said boaters should avoid the area from Sackville Ski Gardens to Windsor Bridge between 8am and 2pm on Saturday.... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education Conference National Award Winners
Joanne Glassford,
oastguard Boating Education (CBES) hosted its national conference on Saturday October 29th at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron in Auckland providing an opportunity for their large contingent of tutors and examiners to engage on new developments, and to share ideas. The theme was ‘Staying Relevant in Changing Times'.... [more]
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Britain's youngest World Powerboat Speed Record holder
RYA,
This year, eleven year old Ben Jelf of Maidstone, Kent was declared Britain's youngest ever World and European Powerboat Racing Champion and just this past week (3st1 October – 4th November), Ben went a step further by also becoming Britain's youngest World Powerboat Speed Record holder at the 41st annual Coniston Powerboat Records Week held in Cumbria.... [more]
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Asia Pacific Superyacht Assoc welcomes superyacht crews to Asia
Asia Pacific Superyacht Assoc,
On Friday 4 November the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association (APSA) threw a party to welcome the latest superyachts and yacht crew to arrive in the region. The party was held in the Haven Restaurant at Yacht Haven, the popular superyacht-capable marina. Yacht Haven is located in the northeast of Phuket, Thailand's major superyacht hub.... [more]
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Yachts in Asia Get Million-Dollar Makeovers
Ansuya Harjani, CNBC Asia,
A 45-year-old owner of an investment firm in Hong Kong recently bought a $4 million-plus super yacht from Spanish yacht builder Astondoa, and then spent nearly 15 percent of the cost on jazzing it up. The owner outfitted his new 76-feet four-cabin boat with a jacuzzi, a Ferrari driving seat and interiors designed by celebrity Italian architect Cristanto Gatto, according to brokerage Asia Boating... [more]
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31st Key West World Offshore Powerboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
Gentlemen, prepare to start your engines, it's all set for this weekend's staging of the 31st Key West World Offshore Powerboat Championships staged by Super Boat International (SBI). The marquee event looms as one of the best and largest turnouts for many years, with teams confirmed from Australia, the Ukraine, Norway and Italy all set to do battle with America's finest.... [more]
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Australia to host two UIM World Championships
Bob Wonders,
Australia will be the beneficiary of what has been described as 'the biggest opportunity ever delivered to powerboat racing' next year with two Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) World Championships to be decided. In 2010 Queenslander Troy Marland was crowned World Champion in Unlimited Displacement when his state-of-the-art boat ‘Madness' crushed all its opposition to claim the crown.... [more]
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New superyacht infrastructure gives Cairns the edge
Carrie Carter,
New infrastructure will boost the popularity of Cairns as the premium super yacht destination and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show survey winner - family thrilled with prizes!
Jeni Bone,
It was a picture-perfect boating day yesterday as the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show team handed over the superb prize package to grateful winner, Geoffrey Folliott, the Brisbane dad and former-superyacht Captain who is an avid boat show visitor.... [more]
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Coniston Powerboat Records Week concludes
RYA,
Coniston Powerboat Records Week has come to a close with what has been an action packed week in which 191 records attempts were made in Cumbria between the 3st1 October and the 4th November. At the end of the week six World and sixteen National records have been submitted for approval, with records being set and broken some forty-six times during the week.... [more]
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New oceanographic data in major ship-routing trial
Sandman PR,
New data, provided by Tidetech, that enables ships and superyachts to improve their routing efficiency is being trialled with a major cruise line company.... [more]
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Aust Superboat Championships - Finchy wraps up Unlimited title
Sean Henshelwood,
Dean Finch (Loose Cannon) who prevailed for his second Unlimited Superboat crown (the first in 2007), dual reigning champion Daryl Hutton (Team Solo) unable to make any impact on the Mildura locals points lead in the end despite some inspirational laps.... [more]
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Tasmanian boating
Carl Hyland,
In Tasmania, nearly one in three households own a boat of some sort that is a boat, dinghy canoe or some sort of floating craft. Not surprising really, for a state that is completely surrounded by water.... [more]
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Yamaha launches new TV campaign
Grant Binskin,
Yamaha Motor Australia has released a new TV campaign set to run nationally over the remainder of 2011. The commercial focuses on the strength of Yamaha's overall brand and highlights its products' reputation for reliability.... [more]
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Xceeding all Xpectations GC Marine Expo abuzz as thousands enjoy Day 1
Stephen Milne,
Thousands of boating enthusiasts have converged at Riviera and the Gold Coast City Marina in Coomera for day one of the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo, which was officially opened by avid boater and Australian V8 Supercar driver Russell Ingall and his family.... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Expo - Carnivale of Colour fireworks display
Stephen Milne,
Gold Coast Marine Expo - Carnivale of Colour is a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky above the Coomera River on November 5. The Club Marine Carnivale of Colour will wrap up the second day of the Gold Coast Marine Expo beginning with a live performance by well-known local band Kick, followed by a fundraising art auction and then a sensational free fireworks display at 7.15pm... [more]
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Jetskier gets sentence suspended
Neil Patchett,
A man from Queensland was this week given a suspended six month imprisonment sentence after operating a personal watercraft (PWC) while being both unlicensed and unqualified. The forty year old man was sentenced in the Sutherland Local Court.... [more]
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Runabout Collision - Fined $4581 for 'Miracle' close call
Neil Patchett,
Just this week in the Woy Woy Court, a NSW Central Coast gentleman was fined a total of $4581 for numerous boating offences near Ettalong in August of this year. The twenty-one year old man was charged by Maritime and convicted of three offences for overloading, failure to carry required safety equipment such as lifejackets, and operating an unlit vessel at night. He was fined a total of $4581.... [more]
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Coniston Powerboat Records Week Day 4
RYA,
Coniston Powerboat Records Week has now completed day four in which another eleven records, two world and nine national, were set by fearless speed demons. With entries now up to 41, the highest every for records week, over 151 attempts have been made on the water this week, with even more attempts planned for the final day.... [more]
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Introducing Tidal Chronoscope App for iPhone and Android
ChronGlobal,
A new app for Android and iPhone has been released from ChronGlobal called Tidal Chronoscope® that is slated to give the ability to know GPS Tide predictions as easily as the time. Designing this App came with one goal: Create an incredibly easy and simple way to instantly give you tide information at your very location at the touch of a screen, along with lunar and solar positions.... [more]
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GC Marine Expo opens with clear skies, fanfare and crowds
Jeni Bone,
The inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo, Australia's working boat show featuring 36 hectares of power and sail boats to explore was officially opened at 10am today by Australian V8 Supercar driver and multiple luxury cruiser owner Russell Ingall, his wife Julie and two daughters aged 7 and 9 - Sasha and Jaz.... [more]
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DYT completes complex operation in Phuket
Dockwise Yacht Transport,
Transport vessel Combi Dock 1, owned by Combi Lift, which left Genoa, Italy on 7 October and arrived safely in Phuket, Thailand on 8 October with seven yachts aboard, including five motor yachts over 100-feet (30.5-meters) in length and a 95-foot (29-meter) catamaran with a 41-foot (12.6-meter) beam.... [more]
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Coniston Powerboat Records Week - Another record for Jelf
Emma Slater,
Coniston Powerboat Records Week has reached day three which was yet another busy day on the water as competitors made the most of the morning's improved weather conditions. At the halfway point of the week, there have been another one-hundred record attempts made with a host of both national and world records already established.... [more]
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