THE BOATU.S. MAGAZINE PHOTO CONTEST IS HERE!
The quest for
age-old, such as
1890 shot of
the Princess at
Brown’s Landing, Rice Creek,
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SEND US YOUR BEST SHOTS OF EVERYTHING from weather to fishing, from fam- ily to local color, from macro close-ups of boating gear to glorious seascapes, from boat chores to seasonal fun. The only common denominator? Each photo must contain a boat, or be set on a boat.
Choose from five categories: scenic boating shots, lifestyles (people in boats), action/
watersports, boating events (gatherings, regattas, and so on), and a new category,
art photography (photos still need to include a boat, but they can be manipulated in
Photoshop or other design programs).
The winner of each category receives a $250 West Marine gift card, free BoatU.S.
towing for the year, and a host of other goodies. Please limit your entries to five per person. Winners and runners-up will be featured in our February issue and on our website.
Accepted formats include JPEG or TIFF entries (resolution minimum 300 dpi). Include
a caption telling us where the photo was taken, who’s in it (if it’s a close-up), type of
camera, your name, address, member number, and contact phone number. Entries will be
accepted until October 31. Email all entries to photocontest@BoatUS.com
Please Note! By submitting your photos to this contest, you give BoatU.S. the right to
edit and publish them. BoatU.S. employees and their immediate families, and professional
photographers are not eligible. For more information and to see previous winners,
E15 LAWSUIT COULD
BE DECIDED SOON
ASUIT challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to allow gasoline containing 15-percent
ethanol to be sold in the retail marketplace, but
only for use in certain vehicles, could be decided soon. The National Marine Manufacturers
Association, joined by oil industry, automobile
manufacturer, and agricultural trade groups,
filed the suit July 13, 2011, maintaining that
the EPA’s partial waiver allowing E15 for some
engines and not others violates the federal
Clean Air Act and other laws.
In November of 2010, the EPA approved
15-percent ethanol as a fuel additive, but
only for use in 2006 and newer cars and
light trucks; then in January 2011 modified
its approval to include vehicles in model
year 2001 and newer. At issue is the fact that
E15 has been shown to damage air-emission
controls on older automotive engines as well
as non-road engines, especially inboard and
outboard boat engines.
The EPA also made it illegal to use E15 in
any other engines, leading to concerns the
public could mistakenly use the fuel in the
wrong engines, resulting in mechanical damage and potentially voided warranties. The suit
contends that the EPA hasn’t done enough to
prevent misfueling. The partial waiver requires
retailers to display a warning sticker on E15
gas pumps, declaring that its use in non-approved engines is illegal; the lawsuit declares
that this measure is inadequate.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments
in the case on April 17. If the court decides
against the EPA, that could delay or prevent
E15 from being sold at retail. However, it’s likely the agency would appeal, industry observers
say. “Regardless of what the court decides or
when, it’s important to note that the EPA is not
requiring the use or sale of E15,” says BoatU.S.
President Margaret Podlich. “Many states will
have to change their laws to allow an increase
from 10-percent ethanol, but E15 could be
showing up already in some markets across
the Midwest, and that’s why we think it’s very
important for boaters to get in the habit of
checking the labels on gas pumps.” No matter
where you fill up, or whether it’s your car, boat,
outboard gas tank, or tow vehicle, Podlich says,
“take a peek at the pump and check the label
before you grab the nozzle.” — R.L.