Every boat model has an economy speed, or cruising speed. For planing boats, this speed is just above the planing threshold. It is therefore best to reach the planing threshold rapidly, then maintain your cruising speed. Be sure, however, to take into account the prevailing visibility and local conditions.
Check your engine
It pays to service your engine regularly. Operating reliability increases and you save on fuel.
Here are a few simple tips:
- Use the correct fuel.
- Check/change oil, fuel and air filters and engine oil.
- Incorrect timing and old sparkplugs increase fuel consumption by several percent.
- Clean and adjust injectors in diesel engines.
- Adjust idle.
- Immediately repair any oil, fuel or coolant leakage.
- Follow the service instructions in the operator's manual.
Load and sit properly
The load in the boat affects fuel consumption and the boat's seagoing performance. Here is some advice: