The United States Senate recently voted to end annual ethanol subsidies, based primarily it seems on the notion that ethanol isn’t the miracle fuel source once believed. It turns out using the corn-based ethanol as a fuel source may be almost as bad for the environment as using regular gas, even if corn can be grown, unlike the non-renewable crude oil needed to produce other types of fuel. Corn may be “renewable”, but producing ethanol has been shown to be a drain on water and energy resources and has been cited as a potential cause of food shortages.
Where does that leave boaters looking for better fuel options for their boats?
Well, you can always swap the motor boat for a sail boat or canoe and paddle. Fortunately, those aren’t your only options. Bio-diesel fuels can be used in any diesel engine with little to no modifications necessary, although your regular maintenance schedule may need to be adjusted. Electric motors are also available on today’s market and can often be powered with solar or wind energy for a completely green power source.
The problem for many boaters, of course, is that making the change to alternative power and fuel sources can be expensive. If you already have a boat that runs on ethanol or unleaded fuel, using bio-diesel isn’t an option. What can you do?