Gasoline may be down a couple of cents in cost, but we still need to wring every last mile out of a gallon of fuel.|
With that in mind, Boat Owners Association of the United States has passed on a couple of tips to stretch your fuel dollar to its maximum. The ideas aren't new, but sometimes we forget them, especially when piling desperately "needed" equipment on board.
- Lighten the load: It's one of the easiest no-cost things to save gas, and applies to just about every type of boat – power, fishing or sail. Jump aboard and take a good look at what you really need and clear out all of that junk under the floorboards, in lockers, or in less-used storage areas. If it's already in the slip, remember that water weighs more than eight pounds a gallon. Carrying more than necessary in freshwater and waste tanks is almost like flushing money down the head.
- Get a tune-up: An annual engine tune-up, whether you do it yourself or ask a professional, is a must for any powerboat owner. It's also likely to save you the most money on gas in the long run.
- Check the prop: To avoid any delay in launching this spring, take your motor's prop to your dealer, marina or local prop shop. It's also good to have a discussion on your current boating needs.
- Trailering savings: Check the tire pressure for proper inflation and ensure you have a tight-fitting cover to decrease wind drag. Also, a five or six mile an hour decrease in towing speed will give a noticeable decrease in fuel consumption.
- May 19: Vessel Safety Checks at the boat ramps in Sunset Park, Rock Island, so boaters can find out if they have all the needed safety equipment without the possibility of getting a ticket.
- May 20: The Boatin' Breakfasts put on by the Coast Guard Auxiliary will start a month early at the Lion's Club shelter in Andalusia in observance of National Safe Boating Week. Boaters also will be able to get a free Vessel Safety Check to make sure they have all legally required equipment.
Jack Tumbleson is a retired copy editor for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus and is a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He can be reached by telephone at (309) 786-5980 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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