Boating and Fuel savings; Heres How !

Stay away from the Fuel Dock, see how to reduce
your Fuel Expense by about $1,953 this season…

Don’t let gas prices stop you from getting out there and Boating. will show you 15 easy tips to Save on Fuel this Boating Season while cruising on the Water.

Remember, our goal is for you and your family & friends to Discover the other 70% of Planet Earth! saving money doing it – priceless!

1. Run at Optimum Cruising Speed…
cruise between 30 to 40 mph you’ll save a ‘boat’ load of fuel by keeping the Boat at its Optimum Trim. If you take a Center Console Fishing Boat with a Yamaha 250 four-stroke at 4,000 rpm, head out with the drive trimmed all the way down, you’ll get 1.5 per gallon. Trim it up and reduce drag and you’ll get 2.2 mpg at 40 mph.
Savings: Running at the optimum speed and trim can save up to 40 percent on gas, not to mention easing the wear on your motor. Boat 500 miles this season and given the example above you’d save about $100 with simple trim adjustments.

At 45mph you’d burn twice as much fuel as going 30. Is the extra 15 mph worth it??

2. Use the Ultimate Tool…
a fuel flow meter is priceless. It will allow you to see with your own eyes how much fuel your motor is burning at any given moment. Take a 4,000 pound Cruiser with a 250 hp motor and run it at 30 mph, you’d burn about 9 gallons per hour. At 45 mph it would burn exactly twice that, 18 gph. Is the extra 15 mph worth it?
Savings: From the above example you’d save nine gallons of gas for every hour you
run at the slower speed. That’s about $30 per hour. Do that for just 12 hours this year and you save $360.

3. Regularly Check your Propeller…
nicked, bent, ragged and serrated propellers are a fact of Boating. Inspect the prop on a regular basis; not just in the beginning and the end of the season but every time you head out. Even small nicks affect the performance and will make the engine work that much harder, thus making it burn more fuel. If the prop is really out-of-line it can do a number on the drive train as well.
Savings: A clean and correct prop can save half a gallon to a gallon of fuel per hour. It’s easily a $200 savings over 100 hours, not even counting the potential problems avoided.

4. Invest in Towing Insurance…
The money spent on Sea Tow, Vessel Assist or BoatUS policy can be recouped in one incident. This could be ‘ship’ size saving for those who travel in larger bodies of Water. If you have a Boat Insurance policy currently, review it and find out if your policy covers
Boating Made Better 120 x 600
Vessel Towing.
Savings: Coastal tows can run as much as $300 per hour versus a $130 annual policy which can save you $170. One out-of-gas or dead battery incident can, at the very least, save you $75.

5. Lose the Pounds…
and no we don’t mean go on a diet before season (unless your trying to get into that new bathing suit!) we mean remove unnecessary equipment or empty ballast tanks (for those Wakeboarder’s) before cruising. Aside from a variety of Safety Factors , it’s extra weight at around 8.5 pounds per gallon. And does your fuel tank really need to be almost full? What about your Water tank?
Savings: Lose 500 pounds of stuff and your talking about a $300 savings in gas for an active Boater!

6. Refuel Early or Late…
when filling up where gas storage tanks are above ground, buy your gasoline during the coolest part of the day. That’s when gas is the densest because the energy providing part of the fuel is most concentrated then. Gasoline is rate at its per-gallon price at 60 degrees; you’ll get what you pay for the closer the gas remains at that temperature, and less as it warms.
Savings: Several cents a gallon which can add up to maybe $75 when you fill up a 50-gallon tank 30 times over the course of a season.

7. Go Fishing…
the idea of being on the Water is why you buy a Boat. It’s doesn’t mean you have to always be on the move. Shut down the engine(s) and Fish or beachcomb or swim. You might even like the peacefulness and the only thing you burn is time (maybe some skin as well – UV 50 will help)
Savings: Stay at anchor for five more hours this season then you did last season and it’s a $30 to $40 dividend.

8. Do You Really Need It?…
be honest. Do you need a chart plotter when you only Boat on a lake or along the Coastal Waters, just so you can keep up with the ‘Jones’. A GPS, compass and paper charts can suffice and save you money as well. Think of how and where you Boat and tailor your electronics and your Accessories accordingly.
Savings: A handheld GDS, compass and an area chart may set you back $125; but a chart plotter and electronic charts may cost you $1,800. That stuff is cool but do you really need to spend an extra $1,675?

9. Watch Where you’re Filling Up…
we of course know what Marina’s charge for gas, so avoid fueling up there especially if you Trailer your Boat. Fill up before hitting the ramp – but as close to it as possible.
Savings: If your Marina charges $4.85 and the gas station charges $3.99, that’s an $0.86 cents per gallon difference.
A 50-gallon tank would represent $43 savings. Do that 5 times and you’ve saved $215.

10. Create a Smooth Bottom…
a sanded hull is known to add a tick or two onto your mph, but algae and crust do just the opposite. They create drag which increases fuel consumption. Newer paints fulfill the same biocidal purpose while leaving a smoother surface. At the very least, polish your hull once a year.
Savings: If you use your Boat just 50 to 60 hours a year, you’ll see obvious fuel savings.

11. Weight Control…
leave anything you don’t need back at the dock and allocate seating so your Boat is balanced. Too many people aft or forward or to one side will affect the trim of your Boat and cause drag thus costing more fuel.
Savings: This savings has everything to do with how well you use the trim of the Boat. Stay balanced plus optimum trim equals savings!

12. Tow your Boat Correctly…
pick-up or SUV without a Boat in tow averages 16.5 miles per gallon on the highway, tow a new Boat with that same pick-up or SUV and you average 13.2 mpg.
Savings: But move the gear over the truck’s rear axle and the 1 to 2 mpg adds up to a saving of 7 gallons over 750 miles.

13. Stay Single…
versus getting Twins or Three Outboard Engines. Unless your Boat is 34′ feet your greater, stick with a Single Outboard Motor. Two or Three Engines will only double or triple your gas bill. It will increase the weight and drag; besides it will only increase your speed by 5 or 10 mph, is it worth it?
Savings: Not only will you save on fuel costs but you will also reduce maintenance fees, having to purchase multiple propellers and other expenses related to keeping them ship-shape.

14. Pay Attention to the Weather Reports…
check the weather before you head out on the Water. Pounding into a head sea is not fun for your passengers and wastes fuel. If the weather calls for high winds, stay ashore.
Savings: You’ll use more fuel throttling up and down coping with rough conditions plus you must lose some friends in the process.

15. Use Online Retail Outlet…
do a quick comparison of four personal floatation devices at the Marina versus the same four PFD’s at a Online Retail Outlet such as or and it’s an easy $40 total savings. You might not get what you want today but now’s the time to make your wish list for the upcoming season.
Savings: If we saved $40 on PFD’s imagine what you can save on Marine Electronics. We found a Raymarine Fish Finder for $650 at the store but found it Online for $549, a savings of $101. Go Online and shop today!

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