Global Warming and You


There are many actions we can take to reduce and slow global warming. Boaters can follow the following tips so you can protect the environment and save money and fuel!


  • Check Your Propeller. A damage propeller will waste fuel. Keep your propeller blades clean and in good condition.
  • Balance Your Load.
  • Watch your Boat Weight. The lighter your boat, the less horsepower required to propel it.
  • Plan Your Trip. Any reduction in running time is better for the environment and is fuel and money saved.
  • Check the Tides and the Weather. Do not boat against the tides; it takes more effort and fuel. Save fuel by work with the tides to your advantage.
  • Take Shorter Cruises. California has tons of beautiful areas you can visit without traveling hundreds of miles.
  • Slow Down. Travel at moderate and steady speeds is safer and will reduce fuel consumption.
  • Tune Up Your Engine. Proper ignition timing and clean spark plugs will assure extra mileage and will help to reduce gas emissions.
  • Whenever You Have To Stop, Turn Off The Engine. A warm engine restarts easily. Idling your engine for longer than a minute is worse for air quality than starting up the engine again.
  • Keep Your Hull Clean. Perform regular hull maintenance to prevent hard marine growth and reduce underwater drag. A rough hull can increase fuel consumption (and reacted pollution).
  • Check Your Car and trailer. Keep your trailer and car tires properly inflated to reduce fuel consumption. Don’t overload or use too small a trailer.

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