If you are left with a headache trying to figure out what it’s going to cost to fuel your dream boat, you are not alone!
In fact, here on the Legend Boats' showroom floor this is one of the most commonly asked questions, yet one the most difficult to answer!
The thing is, there are many factors to take into account when you are talking fuel costs, including your driving habits!
Yes, when trying to figure out where you can cut costs on fuel we need to factor in how the boat is being operated.So let’s talk about fuel saving tips for boaters and the bad boating habits you can avoid to save on fuel costs!
1. Keep Your Engine Purring
Giving your engine a little TLC will not only save on boating fuel costs, but also extend the engine’s lifespan. Simple steps like replacing the air filter and getting an oil change after every 100 hours of boating, or once per year, can make a big difference!
2. How's Your Propeller Health?
A damaged propeller impacts not only the comfort and speed of your ride, but it can also be another reason you are dishing out more money in fuel!
Take the time to look over your propeller and make sure it's in great shape, and if not, bring it in to a specialty shop to have it fixed up! Dings and irregularities in your propeller can be reconditioned. Did you know that at Legend Boats we specialize in repairs too? Click here to find your local Legend Dealer!
3. A Dirty Bottom!
Has anyone told you that dirt and scum buildup on the bottom of your boat will lead to higher fuel consumption?
It’s true! A dirty bottom leads to extra friction and translates to you burning more fuel.
While you're at it, you are also going to want to make a point to keep your hull clean too, because dragging around weeds is another costly habit that you can easily break to save a little money.
4. Throttle With Care
Cruising at top speed and pushing your boat to its limits on the regular is another bad boating habit that wastes fuel. Make it a point to get to know your boat’s most economical speed, and conserve fuel by handling the throttles with care!
As tempting as it is for some, you can do your wallet a favour by resisting that urge to push the throttle to the stop when it isn't necessary.
To conserve on fuel you should make it a habit to only use as much power as needed, and try to avoid accelerating hard because it tends to contribute towards a decline in fuel efficiency.
5. Lighten Up Already!
Did you realize that you are paying extra in fuel costs based on the weight you carry around on your boat?
Now, we aren’t suggesting you throw your brother-in-law overboard, but there are a couple of ways you can lighten the load to save yourself some money!
- Avoid carrying more fuel than needed. It’s always better safe than sorry - so yes, err on the side of caution because you don’t want to run out of fuel. That said, carrying around unnecessary fuel weighs down your boat costing you more in the long run.
- Lighten the gear load. Consider each item you take on the boat, and ask yourself “do I really need this? Will I actually use this?”. Because that old BBQ that hasn’t been used in ages might be costing you!
- Avoid overcrowding your boat with company. We all know one of the best parts of boat ownership is enjoying a day on the water with friends and family. That said, you want to keep in mind that more weight on board will cost you extra in fuel.
- If possible, try to evenly distribute the weight on the boat to keep things flat to avoid ploughing.
6. Is It Time For a Trim?
Pushing water isn't cheap! If you notice your boat is plowing, porpoising or kiting, it may be because your boat does not trim properly. If this is the case, you can easily invest in trim tabs.
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