With fuel costs on the rise, the
nation's largest boat owners' group has five fuel saving tasks that can
put a dent in your summer fuel bills. All of these tips from Boat Owners
Association of The United States (BoatUS) are time tested to reduce
fuel consumption, and boaters can accomplish most of them now while
their boats are in winter layup - before the boating season begins.
Lighten the load: It's one of easiest no-cost things to save on gas,
and applies to just about every boat type on the water - power, sail or
fishing. With the boat on jack stands or in the garage, jump aboard and
take a good look at what you really need and clear out all of that junk
under the floorboards, in lockers, or in less-used storage areas. And,
if she's already in in the slip, remember that water weighs over eight
pounds per gallon. Carrying more than necessary in freshwater and waste
tanks is almost as bad as flushing money down the head.
Get a tune-up: An annual engine tune-up, whether you do it yourself
or ask a marine professional, is a must for any powerboat owner. It's
also likely to save you the most money on gas in the long run.
Check the prop: To avoid any delay in launching this spring, take
your motor's prop to your marina, dealer or local prop shop now while
they are less busy and can repair any dings. It's also good to have a
discussion on your current boating needs.
Trailering fuel-saving tips: Check tire pressure for proper
inflation, ensure you have a tight fitting cover to decrease wind drag.
Also, a five or six mile per hour decrease in towing speed will give a
noticeable decrease in fuel consumption.
Pay less for gas: Join BoatUS for only $24/year and the member fuel discount can be as much as $.10 off each gallon of fuel at over 340 BoatUS
Cooperating Marinas. It's one of the Association's more popular member
benefits and can pay for itself in as little as one or two fill-ups. For
membership information, visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.
- BoatUS - Boat Owners Association of The United States - is the
nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half a
million members with government representation, programs and