Refueling your boat can be expensive and a bit stressful, making it a frustrating time for many people. Beyond that, there are a few mistakes that are easy enough to make. Whether you’re an inexperienced boater or you’re just looking for some tips that you may not have heard before, give these four refueling ideas a shot and see if they improve your experience.
1. Be Aware of Your Fuel Tank’s Size
It’s always important to know just how much fuel you need to fill up your tank. While a fuel gauge is an easy way to check for this, it seems to be the case that fuel gauges are often unreliable and leave you with confusing information. Instead, just be sure that you know how big your tank is and have a ballpark range of how much fuel it takes to fill up your boat.
2. Avoid Topping Off
Fuel docks and marinas aren’t always quiet spaces and the noise may prevent you from hearing whether or not your tank is almost full. To be safe, just don’t bother topping off your tank. Part of this is because while fuel pumps for cars typically have pretty reliable automatic shut-off systems, that’s not always true for boat refueling pumps. Besides, that extra gallon or so isn’t going to get you all that far anyway.
3. Don’t Chalk Handles
Taking the time to refuel your vessel can be a lengthy process, especially if you’re refueling something that’s over 100 gallons. It may be tempting to jimmy the handle and leave it pumping while you step away, but this is a bad idea. In the case that you begin to spill or if there are any other issues, it’s important that someone is present to handle the issue quickly.
4. Avoid Fires
It should almost go without saying but it’s always good to have a reminder: make sure you’re shutting your engine off and remember not to smoke anywhere near the dock. Both of these behaviors can lead to fires and should be avoided.
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If you’re in the greater Baltimore area and are in need of boat services, contact Tidewater Yacht Service at 410-625-4992 or by email at email@example.com. Our location is at 321 East Cromwell Street Baltimore, MD 21230. Get in touch with us today! Whether you need hauling, systems repaired, or storage, we have the experience and expertise to help. We’ve been providing our services to the Chesapeake Bay for over 35 years and know how to properly handle your vessel with care.