6. Go Straight
The easiest way to save money when boating is to trim the mileage fat — i.e., fuel. Use your chart plotter to map out the shortest route to your destination, and stay true to it with attentive helmsmanship. Say meandering off course adds an extra five miles to your 100-mile cruise. If you averaged a 2 mpg fuel burn on your cruise, you’d chug an extra 4.5 gallons of fuel, costing you about $15. So if you boat 1,000 miles a season, well, it’s easy math. Estimated Savings: $150
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