Chris Edmonston: It's a great day to be out in the water and after we fill it up with some gas, we will be on our way. Hi! I am Chris Edmonston, President of The BoatUS Foundation. And today we're going to talk about some ways boaters can save money on fuel costs.
One of the easiest things you can do is never fill your gas tank completely full. Gas simply has a lot of weight to your boat and your boat will have to work harder to get to where you're going.
Another thing you can do is have seat assignments for everybody on the boat. You don't want people on one side or the other or too far forward or too far back. Keeping your boat at a nice even trim will help save money on fuel. Something else you should do is always run at an even speed. Just as when you're driving a car, if you're frequently going faster or slower, you're just going to burn more fuel than you need to.
When speaking about speed, something else you should do is, watch your wake. If your boat is digging a hole in the water, you're simply wasting fuel again. Your boat may be unbalanced because of weight distribution, it may be overloaded or it may simply be running inefficiently for the load, the engine, or other circumstances. It's true that you can usually save fuel by running slower, but if you're digging a hole at that slower speed you've chosen, you're probably doing more harm than good.
Another consideration is how much gear you have on board. You really need to plan what you need for that particular outing and leave any other unnecessary items on shore.
Our final tip is to pick a nice calm day just like today when you're going out. Wind and waves can really slow you down and cause you to burn a lot more fuel. If you can, turn the weather patterns for your area and figure out which way the wind normally blows. Often times, one side of the waterway will be calmer than the other, so try and pick that side to travel upon.
Hey! Remember these fueling tips and you will save yourself a lot of fuel and money out on the water.