Easy Oil Spill Solutions

If you’re like me and you take care of all your own boat maintenance, every once in a while you’ll have a spill. Cleaning up an oil spill is much simpler than most people think. In fact, you probably have most of the items you need right in your own home.

Baking soda, for instance, is a natural cleaning agent that soaks up oil. It also absorbs odors extremely well. Baby powder is effective, too. For larger spills, like a leaky bulk oil container, use cat litter. The litter comes in bigger bags so you can spread it more easily over a wide area.

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Top 10 Ferry Boat Rides Worldwide ~ Scotland

Onboard the CalMac Ferries (short for Caledonian MacBrayne) an assorted variety of exciting activities and accommodations await you. Not only are these ships proud to offer mighty vessels of the sea, but the luxury that’s available onboard is just as coveted as the amazing list of things to do at each port.

From first-class dining options to sleek and cozy lounges, each ship was designed to deliver the utmost quality and comfort for guests. Passengers will also be excited to discover an assortment of onboard shops, arcade games and bars like The Still, which delivers a taste of Scotland with locale ale and malt whiskey available onboard. With voyages from 5 minutes to five hours, passengers will be taken care of no matter the duration of their time onboard.

I’m sure Scotland uses nothing but the best – Evinrude XD 50 oil – to deliver reliable satisfaction to their passengers!

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Springtime Boat Prep

This week we’re going to be talking about getting your boat ready for the spring season. I know it’s still winter so maybe you’ll want to print this up and save it for later. Springtime is an exciting time for every outdoor enthusiast but it’s especially so for those of us who just can’t get enough of being on the water. The problem is, so many of us are so excited to get out on the water we forget to take the necessary steps to make our boating experience as fun and safe as possible.

With a few simple steps and our guide you can get out on the water with confidence this year and enjoy the rewards of proper maintenance and good safety practices. So stay tuned this week and we’ll show you how to get the best boating experience as quickly as possible when spring comes around next year. For Evinrude owners you can start early with Evinrude XD100 oil.

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Tips for Trailering Part 4

One thing many boat owners don’t pay attention to is the weight of their boat. The weight we want, though, is not the weight of the boat in the water carrying all of your supplies and your friends and family. The weight you need to know about is called the “dry weight” of your boat. This refers to the weight of the boat without any fuel or gear of any kind. In some instances this may also be the weight of the boat without the engine.

So when determining your vehicle’s towing capacity make sure you’re considering the extra weight and strain on your vehicle when you go boating. You’ll want to consider fuel in the engine, your Evinrude XD100 oil, all of your gear and even your passengers. You don’t want to overtax your vehicle in order to enjoy a better boating experience so be sure to do the math and find out just how much you can tow.

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Tips for Trailering Part 1

This week we’ll focus on a great way to give yourself a great deal of freedom and enhance your boating experience. With its increasing popularity we’re seeing more and more trailered boats on the nation’s roadways. Trailering is an excellent way to explore and discover new waterways in your area. Without the confinement inherent at a marina you’re free to move your boat wherever you want for a whole new set of boating experiences.

Because of its increasing popularity we’re going to take some time this week to give you some tips on the best way you can trailer your boat. We’ll talk about how to get the most out of your experience and take your boating experience to the next level with increased mobility and versatility. And if you have a 2-cycle Evinrude engine, check out Evinrude XD50 oil for an even better boating experience.

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Environmentally Friendly Boating Tip 7

Last week’s recycling tip can also be extrapolated to include, and even emphasize, monofilament fishing line. You can help protect and preserve our valuable marine life by ensuring you, and non one else on your boat, disposes of monofilament fishing line into the water. This type of line is also something you don’t want to just send off to the landfills either. Make sure you make the effort and take the time to recycle your line.

You can also help do your part by researching The Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP) to get educated about the impact improperly disposed monofilament fishing line has on our marine life and our environment as a whole. If you don’t know of a recycling station near you then check your local shop or look online.

Also, to maintain the proper functioning of your 2-cycle Evinrude engine try Evinrude XD100 oil to maximize efficiency and get the most boating for your buck.

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Fuel Economy Tip 3

Our third fuel efficiency tip is something many avid boaters forget about. Propeller choice, maintenance and care are as critical to fuel efficiency as anything else and therefore shouldn’t be ignored when preparing for your upcoming boating season. Choose a propeller that allows your boat to perform at the higher end of the manufacturer’s specifications for wide-open throttle rpm. Of course, you’ll want to make sure this is when you’re carrying your standard amount of gear for an outing in the boat.

Also, be sure to check for nicked and dinged blades before heading out on the water. These cut down on the propeller’s efficiency and will have very negative effects on your overall fuel economy. Being careful while out on the water and regularly inspecting your props will help you save money by ensuring your props are operating at optimum efficiency. A little Evinrude outboard oil also couldn’t hurt and is proven to help maintain prop efficiency. Don’t skimp out on this, it’s as important as anything else and could make a world of difference next time you fork over a wad of cash for a little gas.

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High Fuel Prices Won’t Keep Everyone Off the Water

With skyrocketing fuel prices that are making us cringe at the gas-pump many people can’t bring themselves to pay the fuel bill for some recreational activities. Fortunately we’ve run across some handy tips over the years for those who don’t want to sacrifice their much needed relaxation and hobbies because fuel prices are too high. Today we’ll share with you the first installment in the fuel-saving tip guide that will keep you sane and out of the poor-house.

Tip Number 1: Smart Navigation
Boats are well-known to perform less than optimally in messy chop or when moving against currents. When having to deal with less than ideal conditions it’s more important than ever to pay close attention to where you’re going and when. The best way to avoid finding yourself in undesirable waters is to get to know your local waterways, current and tide cycles and weather patterns. Pay close attention to the currents and wind patterns and you could even boost your fuel efficiency by riding sympathetic currents. But no matter the conditions, you’ll want to maintain your boats engine with Evinrude XD50 oil. It’s great in several types of weather conditions and certainly won’t hurt fuel economy.

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Summertime Boating Adventures

Every summer my cousin, Patrick, invites my whole family to his lake house in Portland to stay for an extended weekend of boating, fishing and barbeques. It’s something we all look forward to each August when the weather is warm and the daylight lasts well into the night. And every summer we always return from our visit with stories of adventure, laughter and family togetherness.

Last summer, in particular, delivered one of the craziest stories from that anticipated trip to-date. Patrick, my father, my aunt, my younger sister and I had voyaged out onto the water for an afternoon of margaritas and fishing when, all of the sudden, the boat motor began to shutter and then it stalled out, leaving us stranded hours from home. Fortunately, Patrick has always been the responsible and prepared one of the family. Within seconds he pulled out a backup supply of Evinrude XD 100 Oil to get things oiled up and running again. We were back on shore in no time and arrived just in time for my mom’s famous Sloppy Joes.

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