Georgia Boater Education Course


FUEL CONSERVATION

Fueling up your boat can be an expensive proposition but there are a few easy things you can do to help conserve fuel.

The following tips will help you get better mileage and reduce the environmental impact that gasoline can have on marine life.

  • Distribute equipment, fuel and passengers evenly throughout your boat, and never overload your boat. It’s both unsafe and wastes fuel. 
  • Make sure that your engine is appropriate for the size and weight of your boat. 
  • Keep your engine in good shape with preventative maintenance, and don’t forget to regularly replace your spark plugs. 
  • Use the correct propeller for your engine and regularly check for damage from rocks or debris that can reduce your propeller’s efficiency. 
  • Drain all water from the bilge before leaving; on smaller boats, use a bailing can or a portable bilge pump.
  • Keep your hull clean to reduce friction. 
  • Always shut the engine off any time you are stopped or docked. 
  • Plane smoothly and evenly at take-off and then throttle back to cruising speed once out on the water. 
  • Always read the engine owner’s manual to learn more about how to properly operate your engine.

KEEP THE BILGE CLEAN AND FREE OF TRASH TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE.