5. Assess the Props
Make sure your propellers are the right size to allow your engine to rev up to its maximum rated rpm. To further ensure efficiency, send the wheels out for reconditioning, as even small dings rob the effectiveness and cost you fuel — and potential repairs. Even if you shave as little as one-tenth of a gallon per hour, it will add up during the course of a season, and over the life of a boat. Estimated Savings: Up to $100
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