By Ken Penrod
Fuel prices and the quality of the fuel we use are a big topic
these days, not only for family budget balance but for those of
us that tow boats and use outboard motors. I spoke with
Mare, Inc., head outboard
motor mechanic, Gary Nicholson at the Thurmont store about the
says that if you use “Star Tron” fuel treatment as prescribed on
the bottle, you will not have to worry about ethanol problems
any longer. An 8 fluid ounce bottle of this liquid will treat
128 gallons of fuel.
“Your biggest problem occurs when you are not using your motors
frequently,” say Gary.
That’s when the fuel breaks down and causes very expensive
jet boat only has a 16-gallon tank, so I use that fuel quickly.
“Still, says Gary,
“if you let that boat sit in your driveway just a few days—the
fuel should be treated. Some days your boat will set idle
unexpectedly, such as when we get flooded out as happened
recently. I intend to use this product on every fill up.
My Ranger is another problem though. Gary
says it’s best to partially fill each of the 26-gallon tanks,
treat that fuel, and switch back and forth from tank to tank
every few hours.
Other tips that I can offer from experience: vehicle fuel per
mile is cheaper than boat miles—so launch in the vicinity that
you intend to fish rather than take long boat rides. I use a 101
pound thrust Minn
Fortrex trolling motor, so if my various moves during the day is
less than 100 yards or so—I’ll use the trolling motor rather
than start the Mercury.