It’s no secret that gas prices keep on climbing and that gas at a marina is even more expensive. Before you rail at that price-gouging marina owner, consider things from his perspective.
Most gas dock operations are seasonal, meaning that the cost of maintaining the fueling facilities, the tanks, pumps and whatnot, have to be paid for during the boating season. In addition, many gas docks don’t sell enough gas to qualify for volume discount. In many cases, the marina may pay just about as much for their gas as you do. The long and the short of it is that it looks like we are going to have to deal with higher gas prices for the foreseeable future. That means that we must do everything we can to get the most mileage out of that expensive gas. Here are some useful tips to do just that.
1. Keep a clean bottom.
2. Apply new bottom paint.
3. Keep the engine in tune.
4. Find the most economical cruising speed.
5. Unload the boat.
6. Make sure you have the right prop.
7. Check the tide tables.
8. Get the best deal on fuel.
9. If you fish, consider a trolling motor.
10. Go out on someone else’s boat. This is the ultimate means of saving fuel, at least while you still have friends.
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