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Green boating

Want to enjoy the water without polluting it? The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following tips for reducing pollution from a motorboat:

  • Limit engine operation at full throttle.

  • Eliminate unnecessary idling.

  • Avoid spilling gasoline.

  • Use a gasoline container you can handle easily and hold securely.

  • Pour slowly and smoothly.

  • Use a funnel or a spout with an automatic stop device to prevent overfilling the gas tank.

  • Close the vent on portable gas tanks when the engine is not in use or when the tank is stored.

  • Transport and store gasoline out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place.

  • Use caution when pumping gasoline into a container at the gas station.

  • Carefully measure the proper amounts of gasoline and oil when refueling.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.

  • Prepare engines properly for winter storage.

  • Buy new, cleaner marine engines.

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