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VOL. 11 NO. 9
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Eco-friendly boating

7 ways to be environmentally conscious on the water

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Most boaters want to enjoy the open waves in ways that won’t harm fragile marine ecosystems. Below are a few tips to make your next boat trip both fun and environmentally conscious.

  • Check for leaks or damage to the boat.
  • Ensure bilges are clean and dry. Address leaks or pump overflow.
  • Clean and grease electrical systems, and make sure nothing is frayed or worn.
  • Make sure the propeller is working properly. A damaged propeller requires more fuel and costs more to operate. (Check your impeller if you have a jet drive.)
  • Fill the gas tank before you leave.
  • If you have a glass-bottomed boat, give the glass a good waxing. This prevents the buildup of debris and other detritus on the glass and reduces the need for harmful chemicals when cleaning the boat afterward.
  • Check for leaks in the gear case, and ensure the oil is not contaminated.
Follow these commonsense tips to ensure a healthy, safe trip for all. You can find more eco-friendly boating tips here.
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