Sometimes, the simplest things make the biggest difference. It’s no different when it comes to improving fuel economy in your boat.
A few basic steps can save you BIG on fuel!
Clean the bottom of your boat. Algae, mussels, and other things that grow on your boat’s bottom or outdrive can add drag and create small performance issues that you may not notice, but will cost you fuel economy over time.
Clean the fuel filter. If you have a dirty or clogged fuel filter, then it’s doing its job. But you need to change it to allow proper fuel flow to the engine. The engine could end up working twice as hard to get the fuel that it needs to run properly.We recommend that you change your fuel filter every 100 hours or once a year.
Clean the water separator. Some of you may not even know you have this filter in your fuel line or on your engine. This filter cleans out the water condensation that may have built up in your fuel tank. This filter not only can save your engine, but a clean filter will allow the engine to run more efficient by providing the proper amount of fuel to the engine. We recommend that you change your filter every 100 hours or once a year.
Check the prop condition. Even the smallest ding or bend can form air pockets around the prop. When this happens, the prop has to spin more times to catch the water, rather than catch the air. Make sure you check and inspect your prop regularly to insure there is no major damage. Even if you think you did not hit anything, you may have caused some sort of damage from something that was in the water.
Hope we could be of assistance, boaters! Happy boating!