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Great Ways To Save Gas While Boating

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.

Boat Storage Made Easy With the Right Winterizing Supplies

Ok, it’s coming up to the end of the boating season. Winterizing your boat can be expensive, so be sure to plan in advance and hunt for some online marine store coupons for extra savings.

Winterizing a boat can be a pain and burn a hole in your wallet, but here are some easy storage tips for your boat and prepare for boat storage with the proper winterizing supplies.

You can save a lot of money by doing it yourself and finding supplies online in advance. The two most important things to consider for winter boat storage are the engine and drives.

Winterizing your boat engine and drive is work. But remember, improperly winterizing will cost you more in the spring! Pick a nice sunny day and proceed.

There are differing opinions on its necessity over a seasonal layup, but I always add fuel stabilizer to my tanks before my last short trip of the season. This will allow it to mix well with the fuel in the tank before it hits the boat storage yard. Save money on this item by buying in bulk. Most suppliers let you buy by the case.

Fog your boat engine by revving the engine to about 1500 rpm and spray fogging oil into the carburetor. When the RPMs begin to drop, shut off the engine. This will coat the cylinder walls with oil and prevent corrosion building up over the winter months. Fogging oil is not only frequently a sale item in the off-season, you can usually find internet coupons for additional savings.

Change your engine oil after you’ve run your engines. Warm oil flows much easier. Drain as much dirty oil as possible. It’s easiest done with an oil extractor. There are several on the market, but any in a marine supply catalog should suffice. When changing the oil filter, be sure the gasket comes off with the old filter. You’ll have some cleanup after you start the engine if you don’t.

Drain the gear lube from your drive (check your manual for your specific style of drive – Mercruiser, OMC and Volvo tend to differ). Re-fill gear lube reservoir. One tip given to me by a 40-year marine mechanic is to always replace the gaskets and o-rings when ready to re-fit the oil and vent plugs. Your particular drive may require a gear lube pump. These items are not expensive, but will save you money in the long run.

Remove your propellers and examine them for nicks, or bends in the prop blades. Check the prop shaft. Grease the shaft with some quality, waterproof grease. Since security is sometimes an issue, take them home with you. I spend a cold winter day polishing them up in preparation for my spring boat launch.

Remove every drain plug on your engine, manifolds, coolers, heat exchangers, water pumps, and anything else that could have water in it (except the anti-freeze side of a closed cooling system).  Run RV type antifreeze through all hoses until it comes out the other side of the block.

Disconnect your batteries. Best scenario would be to remove them and store them in a cool, dry place. If a battery replacement is needed, you can hunt around in the off-season for a good deal online.

Be sure to winterize other parts of your boat. Head, shower, fresh water, and air conditioner should all be properly winterized.

You’ve just completed your boat winterization and we saved you money by doing it yourself and giving you tips on saving money with coupons for your boat storage and winterizing supplies. These are steps to easy boat storage for the season and now you can relax while the snow flies and dream of your next trip on the water.