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Fuel Efficiency on the Water

Fuel consumption and saving money is a hot topic. Global unrest, weather, energy supplies and the over-all economy are all weighing heavily on the price you pay at the pump and fuel dock. And although gas prices slid back down a bit recently and are starting to climb again, no one can be sure of where they may be in the coming months and years.
So when shopping for a new or used boat, make sure you do your homework. Find a company that produces high performing, safe boats that have more fuel efficient hull designs powered by more fuel efficient engines. That way, you can spend less time at the gas pumps and more time out on the water enjoying your boat with your friends and family.

Ashley Moore
Marketing & Sales Administrator
Scout Boats

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4 comments on “Fuel Efficiency on the Water

  1. Keith V. Maling

    Consider a boat that is trailerable. This will save you time and dollars as gasoline is much cheaper on the road then at the marinas. You can also tow your boat closer to your recreational play-ground further saving fuel cost. The real bonus is the time you save not waiting in marina fuel lines and spending a lot of time and fuel getting to where you are going.

    Boat storage facilities are getting very expensive and trailering your boat gives you a lot of economic solutions.

    Go Boating!

  2. Jerry Richardson

    One of the problems for the local (on water) dealer are the State rules as to the tank and fuel storage facillty on waterfront sites. In Wisconsin the rules are very stringent as to this activity. A tank no larger than 2000 gals is allowed. So, the distibutor of fuel cannot arrive with a tanker of a suitable size to be transport cost efficient, added to tihe short season for sales anyway. The specs. for tank construction fill a large book and cause major technical requirement for all manufacturers who are apecialized and few. A typical system is in the neighborhood of $35,000 installed on site. Couple the fuel delivered at or near the retail road dealers price, and then add some markup to pay for the system and annual inspections etc. Add on fifty cents per gal just to break even, You have to be a little concerned about the customer with boat kept at your slips or a cottages to even stay in the fuel business. A convienience to your customers it is about the only benefit. I look at the safety issues for boaters carrying 5 gal. containers and the long funnel and the inevitable spills. Nothing indicates any corrections on the horizon, at least that I can see. “Go Sailing” if it doesn’t bore you to death.

  3. Stan Underwood

    I’m with Sanctuary Marinas – a marina management company. It’s true about the conflicting governmental policies we have to try to comply with. On the one hand, government wants us to provide for the public need. On the other hand, the environmental agencies would like to shut us down permanently. It would be nice if Government could get it’s collective act together.

    As for me personally: I’ve always been a typical powerboat guy. Point it where you want to go and slide the throttle forward. NOW, I have my first sailboat, and am enjoying learning a new skill – while saving a pile of money on gas.

    Like the guys and gals who have gone out and learned a new skill, playing golf, handling a sailboat does take some effort. And you have to get up off your butt and get active. But that’s not a bad thing.

    Stan Underwood
    Sanctuary Marinas USA, Inc.
    http://www.SanctuaryMarinas.com

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