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National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) Requests Applications To Fill Vacant 2017 Appointments

April 11, 2016 | General Government Relations:

According to the Federal Register, the NBSAC, the council which advises the Coast Guard on recreational boating safety regulations and other major boating safety matters, announced they are soliciting applications for 2017 appointments. They will consider applications for the following positions which will be vacant on December 31, 2016:

- Two State official representatives for boating safety programs
- Three representatives of recreational boat and associated equipment manufacturers
- Three representatives of national recreational boating organizations or the general public

The Council typically meets at least twice each year at a location selected by the Coast Guard. Each member serves for a term of three years and may be considered to serve a maximum of two consecutive full terms.

The application, membership category, a resume and cover letter expressing interest in an appointment, are due May 23, 2016.

Please contact Nicole Vasilaros, 202-737-9763 at NMMA for a letter of recommendation. For more information on NBSAC applications, please contact Jeff Ludwig, US Coast Guard, at 202-372-1061.



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Isobutanol - Boating's Alternative to Ethanol

March 2016 - Courtesy of the National Boating Federation:

Boating Industry reported that with a waiver recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency authorizing ethanol in gasoline up to 15 percent by volume, the marine industry is looking for an alternative biofuel to what its experts say is poison to marine engines.  With the well-publicized issues E15 causes in marine applications, members of the marine industry are investigating the potential of isobutanol as a biofuel, said Jeff Wasil, engineering technical expert at BRP Evinrude.  “Instead of just saying E15 will cause problems, we wanted to go a step further and identify another fuel that may be of more significance to our industry,” Wasil said.  Isobutanol can be safely blended into gasoline at 16 percent by volume.  Ethanol can only safely be used in marine engines up to a 10 percent concentration.  Furthermore, isobutanol contains more energy, containing almost 90 percent of the energy gasoline contains.  Also, ethanol has a tendency to absorb water, causing a phase separation in fuel tanks that can prove disastrous.  Isobutanol does not have the same affinity to water, making separation much less likely. 

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Argonne National Laboratory and BRP Evinrude, Wasil will spend the summer and fall further testing isobutanol.  He indicated E0, E10 and B16 (isobutanol) fuels will be tested in a variety of engines on the water.  The study will be the first extensive testing by the marine industry since isobutanol was first identified as an alternative fuel in a 2011 study completed by the NMMA with support from Volvo Penta and BRP.