Top Ten Tips From BoatUS For Getting The Most From A Tank Of Gas
ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 9, 2008 -- With boaters facing record high fuel prices this summer Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a few tips that could help stretch their fuel dollars:
Leave the extra ‘junk’ home: Don’t load the boat up with weight you don’t need. Do a little spring cleaning - unused equipment that has been collecting mildew in the bottom of lockers for years should be taken home.
Water weight : At 8.33 pounds per gallon, why keep the water in the tank topped off if you’re only going out for the afternoon?
Tune her up : An engine tune-up is an excellent investment and should easily pay for itself over the summer.
Tune your prop : If your boat goes 30 mph with a like-new prop and only 27 mph with a prop that’s dinged and out of pitch, that’s a 10% loss in fuel economy, or, you’re wasting one out of every ten gallons you put in your tank.
Paint the boat’s bottom : When boating in salt or brackish waters a fouled bottom is like a dull knife. It takes a lot more fuel to push your boat through the water.
Keep the boat in trim : Using trim tabs or distributing weight evenly will help move your boat through the water with less effort – and less fuel.
Go with the flow: Consult tide tables and try to travel with the tide whenever possible.
Install a fuel flow meter : A fuel flow meter is like a heart monitor; when consumption starts to rise, it’s an early warning that something is amiss. A fuel flow meter also allows you to select a comfortable cruising speed that optimizes the amount of fuel being consumed.
Do the math: If you don’t want to spring for a fuel flow meter (about $300), you can calculate your fuel mileage by dividing distance traveled by gallons at fill-up. Using your logbook, you can then approximate fuel flow using average speeds and time underway.
Get a discount: Many of the 885 BoatUS Cooperating Marinas around the country offer up to 10 cents off a gallon of gas. To get the discount all you have to do is to show your BoatUS membership card. If you aren’t already a member, join online now for a special rate of $19.00 by going to BoatUS.com/membership or call 800-395-2628.
BoatUS is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its 650,000 members with a wide array of consumer services including a group-rate marine insurance program that insures nearly a quarter million boats; the largest fleet of more than 500 towing assistance vessels; discounts on fuel, slips, and repairs at over 885 Cooperating Marinas; boat financing; and a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, the most widely read boating publication in the .S. For membership information visit http://www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.