Suzuki Marine USA is traveling from Jacksonville, Fla., to Washington, D.C., aboard a Sea Pro 259 center console powered by DF140 outboards burning only EcoGen 90 sustainable marine fuel. The nearly 800-mile trip will conclude at the 2023 American Boating Congress on the Washington, D.C., waterfront May 8-10.
The boat will make stops at dealerships, marinas and other locations to promote the benefits of fuels that deliver increased sustainability and reliability and reduced emissions. The boat will also be used by Suzuki and the National Marine Manufacturers Association for on-water demonstration rides during ABC.
“There are roughly 12 million gasoline powered boats across America today, so it’s important to emphasize to the boating industry, our government representatives and consumers coast to coast that there are viable ways available right now for boating to reduce its overall footprint,” George “Gus” Blakely, Suzuki Marine executive vice president, sales and service, said in a statement. “We thought that making a voyage from our home state of Florida to our nation’s capital — running exclusively on sustainable fuel — would be a great way to call attention to this. We will also be using our boat in conjunction with NMMA to demonstrate the benefits of this new class of marine fuels to state and federal government representatives participating in the American Boating Congress meetings and discussions.”
EcoGen is a non-ethanol based fuel that its producer (VP Racing Fuels) claims improves fuel efficiency, reduces emissions, lessens carbon output and is ideal for use in the marine environment.