Connecticut Safe Boating Study Guide


ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS

Be cautious and use spill prevention pads when refueling your vessel in or near the water. Respect the wildlife and never use your vessel in a manner to harass the local wildlife. Reduce speed to "no wake" speedthe slowest possible speed required in order to maintain steerage and headway. when approaching shorelines or in narrow channels, thus reducing possible erosion from a larger wake.


Prevent Oil Spills

Gas or oil spills can have significant negative effects on the environment. Take the following precautions to prevent oil spills:

  • When changing the engine oil yourself, be sure to use a closed system—a portable vacuum oil change pump drained into a container that can be closed to prevent spills when transferring the oil. 
  • Do not mix used oil with other waste. Instead, keep the used oil separate for recycling.
  • Recycle used motor oil, oil filters, and fuel filters at an oil recycling facility.
  • Keep oil-only absorbents on hand to wipe up spills. In the case of a spill, dispose of any saturated oil-absorbents at the marina, fuel dock, or at a hazardous waste disposal facility.