E10 on the Water

Proving ethanol and boating can coexist
By Holly Jessen | May 13, 2011

The first National Boat Racing Association Ethanol Challenge Series was held in Somerville, Texas, in early May. At that event, and for the entire 2011 NBRA series event races, hydroplane and runabout racing boats will fly across the water powered by none other than E10. “American boaters have been utilizing ethanol-blended fuel safely and effectively for years,” says Vernon Barfield, NBRA spokesperson. “Ethanol-blended fuel provides the high-performance engines in this series with the horsepower and performance they need to win. We are excited to show that our racing boats are able to perform to their best capability using E10 fuel, shaking the myths that ethanol harms marine engines.”

The fuel will be supplied through a newly formed partnership between the Renewable Fuels Association and NBRA.  “We are thrilled to partner with NBRA to dispel any notion that ethanol is an unfit fuel for marine engines,” says Robert White, RFA director of market development. “The use of E10 in these racing boats proves that this fuel is as effective during your weekly commute in your automobile as it is on your weekend boating trips.”

Information packets will be given out to educate fans and the “Fueled with Pride” logo will be displayed on signs, uniforms, course buoys and flags, T-shirts sold at the races, national trophies and near refueling areas of all boats. In addition, cash awards will be given to race participants that promote the fact that they are using E10.  —Holly Jessen