Five Earth Day Tips for Boaters That Keep the Green in Your Wallet

Published online: Apr 22, 2010 News
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Being good to the environment doesn't have to cost money. With Earth Day coming Thursday, April 22, these five clean boating tips from the BoatUS Foundation will improve stewardship of the waterways without breaking your bank: 

1. When you wash your boat, will so-called "environmentally friendly" boat cleaners get the job done? You can learn which products scored the highest -- both in effectiveness and ecology -- in BoatUS Foundation cleaning products tests. View a series of short videos as well as a full report, "Foundation Findings #47 - Green Cleaners Testing," at www.BoatUS.com/foundation/findings/47. 

2. If you trailer your boat to different waterways each summer, leave the uninvited aquatic hitchhikers at home by ensuring it is cleaned thoroughly (including any tackle or watersports gear) and allow it to dry completely before splashing in a different lake or river. This will help ensure any invasive species are not transported to invade new habitat.

3. Lighten the load. Remove any unnecessary gear or equipment from your boat to improve fuel economy. For boats kept in the water, keep the hull and running gear free of marine growth that can sap fuel efficiency. An engine tune up in the spring can also pay for itself over the course of the summer.

4. Stash your trash. Make a rule aboard your boat that nothing gets thrown overboard, including partially eaten food and cigarette butts. Be especially vigilant with plastic bags that can take flight underway and later kill marine life when ingested. Discard butts in special containers and recycle fishing line.

5. Fill her up -- without spilling a drop. Learn about safe and clean refueling tips, such the use of absorbent pads and "donuts," or learn how to not overfill your boat's gas tank, all at http://www.helpstopthedrops.com/ . 

For a complete list of 21 Steps to Clean Boating, visit BoatUS's website.

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