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have 16 AWG, I would experiment with a
10-amp breaker first and see what happens.
Please be cautious when doing this – all AC
power must be unplugged. I will say if the
replacement breaker also trips, then there
is potentially a grounding issue somewhere
as some household appliances have a different treatment of the AC neutral wire from
marine appliances. That’s one good reason
to avoid the household fridge and buy
the marine one.
JUST SAY NO
I’ve recently found out a marine-fuel supplier near me has been dispensing E15 fuel
at fuel docks and gas stations in my area.
The pumps at the fuel dock are not marked
with E15 stickers, there’s only a sticky note
behind the counter. Two
different employees at the
fuel dock verified this. My
understanding of E15 regulations is that it has to be
posted, and E15 cannot
be used for marine applications. I have tried to
contact EPA with no luck. Can I add fuel from
another marina that contains no ethanol to
“dilute” what I’ve added to my tank?
BETH LEONARD: E15 is a gasoline blend
with 15 percent ethanol, as opposed to E10,
which is 10 percent ethanol and what most
gas stations and fuel docks are pumping now.
E10 caused significant problems for marine
engines when it was first introduced, but
manufacturers have redesigned their engines
so that newer engines now play fairly well
with E10. Not so with E15. Not only could
E15 damage your engine, it would likely
void your warranty. You’re correct as to the
regulations – pumps must be marked with
E15 stickers, and it’s technically illegal to
put E15 in a marine engine. Your instinct is
also correct – diluting the E15 with ethanol-free gasoline and avoiding those pumps until
you’re sure the situation is resolved is the
best way to prevent any lasting damage.
I CAN’T HEAR YOU NOW
This past July we encountered a large thunderstorm with high winds, lightning, and
whiteout conditions. Since the storm our
VHF radio is barely receiving any transmissions, even when reducing the squelch