Are gas prices keeping a distance between you and your boat? It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to reduce the amount of Gas you burn, and some of these may surprise you. Whether it’s switching simple parts, or taking your boat in for a nice paint job, these easy tips are sure to have you enjoying your boat ride worry free.
First things first, you should always check your propeller. This vital part of your boat could be nicked, bent, or serrated. Even the smallest imperfection could cause a whole lot of trouble, and we don’t want that. Be sure to inspect the propeller every time you head out. By having it in perfect condition, this small part could be saving you hundreds. The smallest bend or cut could affect the performance, thus making the engine work harder and burning more fuel. If there is something wrong, don’t put it off. Fix it as soon as possible, it’s worth it.
Drop some of that slack! Extra weight on the boat in any area could force the engine to work harder, burning more gas. Unnecessary things such as surf boards, or extra coolers could contribute to the heavy weight. The bottom line is, the lighter the boat is, the more money you can save. So go ahead, slim it down a bit.
Buying your gas at the coolest part of the day will help you save, crazy right? According to yachting-n-boating.com, If you purchase gas from a station that has storage tanks above the ground make sure you can buy when it’s cooler out. Gas tends to be the purest when it is cooler and the price is rated based on a temperature of about 60 degrees. The cooler the gas the more gas you get for the money.
Be careful where you choose to fill up! Gas at a marina is normally more expensive than a regular gas station, especially if you trailer your boat. Nobody likes to stretch their wallet, so be sure to refill at a near gas station right before launching.
A new paint job looks great, and saves too! It’s obvious that things such as algae or crust can create a drag and slows down your boats true potential. When there is a drag, it increases fuel consumption. Normal boaters should polish their hull at least once a year to keep it running in perfect condition. Paint the bottom of the hull with a fresh coat of paint, creating a smooth surface and allowing the boat to glide beautifully along the water. Bottom paint can be purchased in stores, though it can run quite expensive. Doing all your shopping online can save tons. Virtual marine and boat part stores sell for much less than the leading marine stores.
Managing your weight can save a bundle. If you have supplies or people aboard, be sure to place it evenly throughout the boat. If your boat is unbalanced, it will affect the trim and cause a drag, thus burning more fuel. Use the extra space you have to your advantage, it’s worth it.
Single is the best way to go. Unless your boat is 34 feet or greater, there is no need for a twin, or three outboard engines. Extra engines not only double or triple the fuel consumption, but it also creates a drag and more weight. Studies show that more than one engine only increases your speed by 5 to 10 MPH, is it really worth it?
Paying attention to the weather could be a tremendous help. If the forecast states that there are high winds in the direction you plan on going, stay home. Boating in high winds or even a storm can make the engine work twice as hard, and it burns more fuel in the process.