Chris Edmonston: Today is a great day to be out in the water. Hi! I am Chris Edmonston, President of The BoatUS Foundation. And today we're going to talk about some easy ways you can save on fuel costs simply by properly maintaining your boat.
The first thing we're going to talk about is ditching the dings. If your boat has a propeller on it and it has any kinds of nicks or dings in it, you need to take that off and have it properly reconditioned. Just a little deviation in the prop can cost a lot of fuel. Often it's good to send it in every few years for checking even if it appears to be okay. It could be just a little bit out of alignment.
Along with that, you need to make sure that you have the right prop as the prop shop or experienced engine installer check if you have the best prop for your boat given the way you use it. Often it's good to send it in every few years for checking even if it appears to be okay. There might be a slight misalignment that you might not be able to see.
When you're out on the water, try to diminish wind drag if possible. When the wind hits your boat, it pushes you back. The more there is on your boat for the wind to hit, the more fuel you will burn. Consider removing your Bimini top or expose gear if you can.
Check your bells for water too. Make sure your bells pump and taking floats which are located so that they get the maximum amount of water out. Sometimes there is a big difference in where the water pools while running and while sitting at the dock. Keep your bottom clean. You would be amazed at how much drag just a few barnacles or a little grass can cause. This is magnified if any of those barnacles are on the prop.
Also keep the engine tuned. Having a well-maintained engine can greatly improve your fuel efficiency. And finally, don't forget to also change your oil regularly along with the air filters. This should be done at about every 50 hours of boat operation. Remember, with regular maintenance, you will not only stretch your gas dollar, you will also keep your boat in tiptop shape.