By Ronnie Weston| March 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM CDT - Updated June 26 at 6:22 PM
LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Just like fuel for your car, pickup or motor home, boat fuel costs are climbing.
Some adjustments in habits and maintenance measures can help offset these increased costs for fishermen and boaters, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said.
Lighten the load: It's one of easiest things to do to save on gas, and it applies to just about every boat on the water – ski boat, cruiser, sailboat or fishing rig.
Before you leave home, take a good look at what you really need and clear out all of that junk under the floorboards, in lockers, or in less-used storage areas. And, if the boat is already in in the slip, remember that water weighs over eight pounds per gallon. Carrying more than necessary in freshwater and waste tanks is a waste of money.Take out gear that you won't need on a particular outing and leave it at home.
Get a tune-up: An annual engine tune-up, whether you do it yourself or ask a marine professional, is a must for any powerboat owner. It's also likely to save you the most money on gas in the long run.
Check the prop: To avoid any delay in launching this spring, take your motor's prop to your marina, dealer or local prop shop to any dings. A well-tuned propeller makes a boat more fuel efficient. It's also a good time to have a discussion on your current boating needs.
Trailering fuel-saving tips: Check tire pressure for proper inflation, ensure you have a tight fitting cover to decrease wind drag. Also, slow down. A 5-mile per hour decrease in towing speed will result in a noticeable drop in fuel consumption.
Pay less for gas: Let's face it. Gasoline and diesel fuel are lower in cost at a highway station than at a boat dock. You pay more for the convenience of refueling on the water by pulling into a marina. Fill up on the road en route to the lake or river, and you'll save money.