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Boater's Spring commissioning tips for saving fuel

'Time to paint the bottom of your boat with anti-foul to help keep it clear of gunk'    .
With fuel prices forecast to remain higher than last summer, BoatUS, the USA's leading advocate for recreational sailors, has six tips on spring commissioning that can be done now to save you money on fuel all summer long. They're writing for the USA sailors, but no matter where you are in the northern hemisphere, they are useful tips:

1. Lighten the load is one of easiest no-cost things to save on fuel. Clear out all of that junk that's been stored aboard the boat over winter.

2. Get a tune-up: Servicing the engine or getting someone else to do it is a must if you're truly serious about saving fuel.

3. Check the prop: Props with little dings should be taken to a repair shop now. This is also the time to ensure you are happy with your prop's performance - have a discussion with your marina or local prop shop to ensure you still have the right prop installed based on your current boating needs.

4. Paint the bottom: For boats docked in salt or brackish water, keeping the fuel-robbing 'green gunk' growth from adhering to your boat's hull can save a lot of fuel. But you'll need to ensure the vessel has a new coat of bottom paint put on, making it difficult for anything to grow on the hull bottom.

5. If you have them, check the trim tabs: Unbalanced boats chew up the fuel. During spring commissioning, ensure that trim tabs function properly. Check the reservoir for leaks.

6. And of course, for USA-based boats, join BoatUS for only $24 to take advantage of the fuel discount at over 300 BoatUS Cooperating Marinas across the country. For more information on this exclusive BoatUS member discount, click here?nid=82059.

About BoatUS:
BoatUS - Boat Owners Association of The United States - is the nation's leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half million members with government representation, programs and money-saving services. For membership information visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.




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