Washington Boating Safety Course


FUEL CONSERVATION

THE FOLLOWING ARE TIPS TO CONSERVE FUEL FOR BETTER MILEAGE AND TO REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT THAT GASOLINE CAN HAVE ON MARINE LIFE.

  • Distribute equipment, fuel, and passengers evenly throughout the boat, and do not overload the boat.
  • Make sure the engine is adequate for the size and weight of the boat. Keep the engine in good shape with regular maintenance, and replace spark plugs regularly.
  • Use the correct propeller, and regularly check it for damage.
  • Drain all water from the bilge before leaving the dock, and keep the hull clean to reduce friction. Use a bailing can or a portable bilge on smaller boats.
  • Shut the engine off when the boat is stopped or docked.
  • Plane smoothly and evenly at take-off, then throttle back to cruising speed.
  • Read the engine owner's manual for more details.

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