Ethanol, Fuel System Maintenance & Long-term Storage for Fuel



Rob Davidson

Ethanol, Fuel System Maintenance & Long-term Storage for Fuel

Fuel related problems in a marine engine is not a new problem but the addition of Ethanol has changed the problem. It is getting increasing difficult to find gasoline without a 10% ethanol blend and soon, we will have to deal with up to 15% ethanol blended gasoline's. It has become a fact of life. Manufactures have implemented warranty policies to protect themselves from claims that have nothing to do with their product but how fuel reacts to the marine environment. The solution is not the elimination of ethanol blended fuels but to educate us on the proper use and storage of it.


Rob’s passion is the marine industry and is a Licensed Marine Engine Technicians (Boat Motor Mechanic in the old days), a Certified Marine Electrician by ABYC, a Master MerCruiser Technician/Certified Mercury Outboard Technician, Certified Volvo Penta Technician. Rob started his career at Georgian College by completing the 3 year Marine Technology/Recreation Program held at the Orillia campus. Afterwards, he completed his apprenticeship at a marina on Lake Simcoe and then started Rob’s Marine Service in Penetanguishene and Orillia Ontario. After servicing boaters in southern Ontario for many years, he took a full time position at Georgian college in his present position as Program Coordinator. Rob has been involved with the apprenticeship program as Chair of the Industry Committee for the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, and continues to work in the College of Trade; Trade Board for the Marine and Small Engine Technician apprenticeship program.

The Boathouse


Toronto Boat Show