4. Pump on Land
Trailer boaters have another money-saving advantage over slip-dwellers: refueling at gas stations. Buying fuel at a marina can cost an extra 30 to 80 cents per gallon. For a 100-gallon tank, that’s an extra $30 to $80 per fill-up. Even if you keep your boat in a slip, consider transporting fuel from the gas station to the dock in a Gas Caddy ($370 for a 28-gallon unit at westmarine.com). If you have your boat on a trailer, there’s no excuse. Fill up on the road, and make sure you do it as close to the launch as possible. Doing so will save on your truck’s towing payload. Estimated Savings: $175
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