What’s the Best Fuel for Your Boat or Classic Car? Non-Ethanol Facts
June 16, 2020
Most gasoline sold in the United States contains ethanol. While gasoline containing ethanol works well for modern cars, if you’re the owner of a boat or a classic car, the answer may not be so straightforward.
Should you use non-ethanol gasoline for your boat or classic car?
Ethanol attracts and absorbs water. When water comes in contact with ethanol-blended fuel, the fuel and water can separate and form distinct layers. The upper layer will be gasoline with a reduced octane level, and the lower layer will be a corrosive mix of water and ethanol.
How does non-ethanol affect boat motors?
Depending on where your fuel inlet is located, the motor could receive the gasoline layer or the water and ethanol layer, and both can cause problems. Additionally, ethanol will slowly dissolve resins in older fiberglass tanks often used in boat motors.
By choosing non-ethanol gas, you can prevent these issues and keep your boat’s motor running smoothly.
Can you put non-ethanol gas in your classic car?
Vintage cars often have metal fuel tanks that can be poorly sealed. If moist air gets into the tank, the ethanol will absorb the water and can lead to running problems and rust. Ethanol can also corrode fiberglass and rubber, often found in classic cars.
To keep your classic car in great shape, we recommend filling it with non-ethanol gas.
Where can you find non-ethanol gasoline?
Non-ethanol gasoline isn’t always easy to find. Jubitz offers non-ethanol at four sites in Southwestern Washington, near Portland, Oregon.
If you’re looking for non-ethanol gasoline in another area, pure-gas.org has a comprehensive list of ethanol-free gas stations in the United States and Canada.
Questions? Contact Jubitz Fleet Services at 877-7JUBITZ or firstname.lastname@example.org.