Getting the Best Mileage, Part II

Continuing from yesterday’s post, here are a few more handy tips for getting the best mileage on the water. This may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you use your GPS device. Backtracking or taking the “scenic route” wastes a lot of fuel, particularly if you have a definite destination.

Second, know your trim! Many boaters simply angle their outboard motor all the way down, but you can raise your motor a bit and without touching the throttle. You’ll reach and maintain cruising speed while using less fuel. Finally – and I can’t harp on this enough – use the proper boat motor oil. An improperly lubricated engine is just going to cause major financial headaches further down the road.

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