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Old     (jmv)      Join Date: Aug 2005       11-29-2006, 9:16 PM Reply   
I'm not going to be using my boat that often, so should I add a stabilizer to my tank to keep the gas from deteriorating? It'll be a couple of months before I fill up my tank again. Also, if I decide to use my boat more frequently will the stabilizer hinder the performance of the engine?
Old     (yosquire)      Join Date: Jun 2005       11-29-2006, 10:19 PM Reply   
Yes and No.

While restoring old cars I've had to clean fuel pick-up lines and carbs after fuel has sat and varnished. It absolutely sucks. Varnished fuel glued through-out your fuel system will hinder performance far more than fuel stabilizer will.
Old     (boarditup)      Join Date: Jan 2004       11-30-2006, 8:14 AM Reply   
You will have no performance degradition with the Sta-Bil. Many people use it every fill up because their boat may set for a week or so. Your fuel, if it sets, will affect your performance due to a loss of some of the light-end VOCs.
Old     (rem_pss308)      Join Date: Mar 2004       12-01-2006, 1:13 AM Reply   
I have used SEa-foam for years. and it works fine. Keeps gas stabil. and keeps engine clean.
Old     (ss1234)      Join Date: Jul 2005       12-01-2006, 9:29 AM Reply   
In the winter I add Sta-bil, top off the tank and fog the engine. That first start in the spring kicks out a big ol cloud of smoke and I notice some engine hesitation with that first tank of fuel (stored). I always thought it was the sta-bil causing the hesitation, but based on Karl's post I guess it's just the stored fuel.
Old     (c640947)      Join Date: Jan 2005       12-01-2006, 10:04 AM Reply   
where can you buy sta-bil? Is it widely available or a marine specific product?
Old     (mastercraft1995)      Join Date: Nov 2002       12-01-2006, 10:41 AM Reply   
Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, NAPA just about any other place that sells auto parts.
Old     (jmv)      Join Date: Aug 2005       12-01-2006, 11:05 AM Reply   
Thanks for the info guys. I just got a 36oz. bottle of Sta-Bil at Walmart. I'll probably still ride this winter but you never know, rather be safe than sorry.


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