Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2017

Guy Harvey Magazine is focused on fishing, boating, scuba diving, and marine conservation. Portfolios from the world's best fishing photographers, articles on gear, travel, tournaments, apparel, lifestyle, seafood recipes, sustainable fisheries.

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22 | Just Say No to Ethanol Are you one of those people who fills their boat up at the corner gas station? If so, the little bit of money you're saving on gas could be lost to the repair shop in motor damage. Here's why. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a 2005 law that mandates the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When written, it was assumed that America's use of gasoline would continue to rise. However, U.S. gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily since 2005 and now the law forces more corn ethanol into fewer gallons of gasoline. So the ethanol to gas ratio is growing and that spells trouble for boat engines. Because of its ability to damage boat motors, federal law prohibits the use of gas blends greater than E10 (10% ethanol) in recreational boats. However, the RFS forces E15 (15% ethanol) and higher blends into the market, so now the chance of repairs, engine failure, or even getting stranded out on the water, increases. Four advocacy groups have sent a letter to the Trump Administration and Congress urging them to fix the ethanol policy. The organizations involved include the American Sportfishing Association, Boat Owners Association of the United States, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and National Marine Manufacturers Association. While we applaud those excellent organizations for looking out for us, it's best to take care of your own boat motor by avoiding ethanol altogether. No more Fishy Smelling Hands No amount of soap I've tried has ever effectively banished the smell of fish from my hands. I once snuck some Aqua Velva cologne from my dad's bathroom cabinet and slathered it on generously. I discovered that the combination of fish guts and Aqua Velva makes cat urine seem like rose petals and honeysuckles. Well, finally, after decades of searching, I found the cure in Texas with a product called: Real Clean, All Natural Waterless Hand Cleaner. The directions say, "Apply a small amount to your stinky, bacteria-

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