Like any fuel-running vehicle, it’s important to know the most efficient and economical way to keep your Crownline gassed up and ready to go. Boating’s about being on the water and having a blast, not about fueling up or waiting in long lines. Follow these suggestions and enjoy saving time and money at the pump, so you can spend more time rocking the water.
A lot of people understand that gas expands in the heat, but most don’t apply that to their fueling practices. Make sure to fill up during the coolest time of the day. Gas is denser the colder it is, meaning that you get more fuel efficiency per gallon. Usually the coldest time of day is during the morning, but if you’re keeping a close eye on the radar, look for the ideal time to head to the pump. If you trailer a boat, it may be worth scouting out the coldest day of the week and making a quick gas trip.
An obvious solution to getting better MPGS is properly trimming your boat. Reducing the amount of drag and keeping your boat on plane at a lower RPM is the goal. Plowing water or fighting your boat’s weight is dangerous and costly way to operate your boat. Making sure you are on plane before accelerating to higher speeds.
Get regular maintenance checks and tune-ups. Like cars, boat motors perform better when they are taken care of. Regular tune-ups provide better fuel efficiency and longer engine life. They just make sense. Sure, it’s a bit of a pain to have to haul your boat off the water if you dock your boat, but if you trailer your boat it’s not too difficult to swing by your local shop. Better yet, this isn’t something you have to do to often. Most experts recommend servicing the motor every 100-150 hours.
It’s also important to keep your boat as light as possible. This doesn’t mean taking less people out boating, having fun with the people you love should be the first thing on your mind, but it is important to remove things you don’t need and empty the bilge. Don’t worry about hauling unnecessary gear, especially if you have extra people onboard. If there’s no need for an item, it’s costing you money by being onboard.
One last suggestion for this post is to keep your prop in good shape. It’s doing a lot of heavy lifting, so make sure there is no damage to the propeller. Sure a prop can run with a few dings, but each of them limit the efficiency of your motor. Also, have your prop examined to make sure it’s operating at full capacity. A well functioning prop can increase your fuel economy by 10% according to some experts.