17 Jul Stretch Your Budget with these Helpful Fuel Saving Tips
We all know that certain boats burn more fuel than others. However, fuel efficiency is not affected by just the mechanical aspects of the vessel. Just like a car, how you maintain, handle and drive your boat can make your gas bill double. Your gas-guzzling habits rest in your hands, so it is important to take the steps necessary to minimize your fuel costs. Luckily it’s not so hard to make the adjustments needed to ensure that you’re getting the best fuel economy you can out of your boat.
Wondering how you can save gas on a boat? We are all looking for ways to save money, so go green and save gas with these helpful fuel saving tips.
• Avoid excessive idling, as this will burn a lot of fuel. While this is a common habit, it is better to turn off the engine to save fuel.
• Eliminate any unnecessary weight to help prevent your engine from working harder than it needs to. An overloaded, heavy boat will decrease your gas mileage so check your boat for any unnecessary dead weight.
• Don’t go too slow. While it’s true, you can save gas by running at a slower speed, if your stern is digging a hole into the water because you are going to slow, you will waste fuel.
• Try to pick days that are calm to head out on your boat. The wind and the waves will resist your boat, and increase fuel consumption. Also, when you can, try to travel with the wind, not against it.
• Keep your propellers and the bottom of your boat free from barnacles. Having barnacles, while small, can and will create unnecessary drag.
• Keep your boat’s engine tuned and in tip top shape. Besides giving your boat a good tune up every so often, winterize your boat, ensure that you stay on top of oil changes, and keep your air filters clean.
• Check your propellers and check for dings, gouges, and for any deviations. Even a minor misalignment can cost you a lot of fuel. It’s a good idea to pull your prop every few years and have it reconditioned by a good shop.
• Ensure that you have the best propeller for your boat. Even the standard OEM prop may not suit your boat and your needs. If you need help with this, get the assistance of a good prop shop and have them check your setup to see if you have the proper propeller for your boat.