To fill or not to fill

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  1. TK246WA

    TK246WA Well-Known Member

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    What does everyone do with your gas tanks for the winter, fill them or not?
     
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    mako2 Well-Known Member

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    I add fuel stabilizer then top off the tanks preventing condensation from forming. Adding the stabilizer before fueling then a run over to the marina helps make sure it is well mixed in and in my opinion gets it through the entire fuel system.
     
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    Ship Well-Known Member Supporting Captain

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    You can go both ways but make sure to tape or seal fills and vents because E-10 will attract moisture from the air. I emptied mine put stabilizer in and taped fills and vents. Did I post recently how much I hate E-10, 15, 30!!!!!
     
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    I always fill.
     
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    Close to full and stabilizer.
     
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    I empty them.
     
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    I've always emptied mine. I rationalized that if the gas separated, I'd rather have a small mess than a big one. Knock on wood; I've never had a problem.

    This year however, one of the nearby marinas has ethanol free gas, so I'm thinking about filling up instead of emptying.
     
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    We are fortunate to operate in an area that has plenty of no-ethanol fuel sources which allows us to NEVER load any ethanol enhanced gas in our tanks. Also adding Marine Sta-Bil 360 each fill-up per directions has yielded great results. I keep my tanks topped off year round.
     
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    Nothing.
    Leave fuel in tank at level when boat was hauled.
    Successful method after 22 seasons.
     
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    I read somewhere, possibly Consumer Reports, that almost all fuel additives/treatments are nothing but a scam. Think about it, how can a pint of the scam remove a quart of water from gas. I know the labels talk about breaking down the water so it can get through the fuel system; I am chemistry dumb, but how can water be "broken down" so it will go through a fuel system? Snake oil for sale. Don't use E-10 gas, ever.
     

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