Sports and Outdoors

Sunday, October 10, 2010

 Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.78 Water Temperature:
73  degrees - top
degrees - bottom


Winterizing your boat – tips to deal with E-10 gasoline
Special to The Monitor
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–Boaters and anglers will soon be putting away their boats for the season.
But before they do, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips learned from fuel industry insiders on how to store a boat with E-10 gasoline (containing 10 percent ethanol) over the winter.
The octane issue
Over long winter storage periods, E-10 gasoline loses octane at about the same rate as non-ethanol gasoline. So leaving the gas tank mostly empty – and then refilling in the spring in the hopes of “refreshing” the fuel to regain any octane loss – is not necessary.
However, a nearly empty gas tank introduces another problem – the strong possibility of phase separation.
Ethanol (an alcohol) attracts water. It also absorbs water – about 10 times more than regular gasoline.
When ethanol can no longer absorb the water, it will “phase separate” from the gasoline. Should phase separation occur, the (water soaked) ethanol will settle to the bottom of the tank, which is where the engine’s fuel system pick-up is located.
The problem with leaving a tank mostly empty is that it increases the tank’s “lung capacity” to breathe in moist air (water) through the vent.
If the tank is mostly empty over the winter, there will also be less E-10 gas in the tank to absorb the moisture.
This combination of more water and less absorption greatly increases the chances of phase separation. Adding fresh gasoline in the spring would not remedy the problem – the phase-separated ethanol would remain separated at the bottom of the tank.
The water separator issue
Any moisture in a tank will be readily absorbed by the ethanol.
E-10 can hold up to percent of water by volume and up to that concentration, the water molecules will dissolve in the gasoline, forming a soluble mixture that will pass through a water separator and burn harmlessly in your engine.
The only time water will collect in a tank and not be absorbed is if phase separation has occurred, and by then it will be too late. A water separator is not a solution to the phase separation problem.
The fuel additive issue
Fuel additives are good for many reasons, and should be used when laying up a boat for winter, but no additive will stand up to a good-sized slug of water.
Once too much water has entered the tank and the gas has begun to phase separate, no additive will return the fuel to its original state. The only solution to phase-separated gas is to have a professional drain the tank and start anew.
The best advice for storing E-10 in your boat’s gas tank over winter – keep the tank nearly full.
This greatly reduces the volume of moist air that can enter the tank via the fuel tank vent when temperatures fluctuate in the fall and spring. With any fuel, an antioxidant will help keep it fresh during lay-up.
Finally, never plug up a fuel tank vent – it creates pressure that could cause dangerous leaks in the fuel system.
For more information, including free downloadable winterizing checklists, go to


Hunter education course set
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A Hunter Education Course will be taught at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 14, at the Mabank Independent School District’s administration building, 310 East Market Street.
Tom Trull will be teaching the course. Any person born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education course to legally hunt in Texas, or you must purchase a deferral and be accompanied by an adult who has completed a course.
Proof of certification or deferral must be carried on your person while you are hunting. (Certification is not required to purchase a hunting license.)
The minimum age for certification is 9, and the cost is $15. Students 9 or older successfully completing the course will be issued a “Temporary Student Card” while the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department processes the paperwork.
Students under 9 may take the course, but will have to take it again after turning 9 for proper certification.
Since 1972, more than 850,000 Texas have completed the hunter education course, which is mandatory in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces.
For more information, contact Trull at (903) 880-5918, or call TPWD toll-free at (800) 792-1112.



Upcoming Events


Oct. 23
Race Day

Nov. 6
Fun Sail or Make-up race


Oct. 12
MHS @ North Forney*
KHS @ Kaufman*
EHS vs Buffalo*

Oct. 15
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Crandall*
EHS @ Malakoff*

Oct. 19
MHS vs Crandall*
KHS vs North Forney*
EHS vs Blooming Grove*

Oct. 22
EHS @ Teague*

Oct. 26
MHS @ Kaufman*
KHS @ Ferris*
EHS @ Leon*
(end regular season)
(*district contest)


Oct. 15
MHS @ Ferris*
KHS vs Crandall*
EHS vs Palmer*

Oct. 22
EHS @ Grandview*
(*district contest)

Cross country

Oct. 16
MHS @ Eustace meet
KHS @ Eustace meet
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