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5 Simple Green Boating Tips

 April 18, 2016  | By: Oceana

After months of research, weeks of editing and days designing the perfect icons, we are proud to announce the launching of our Green Boating Guide just in time for the spring boat preparation season!

In celebration of Earth Day, we are sharing our top 5 easy-to-do Green Boating Tips from our guide.

1. Save $$: Reduce your fuel usage.
Going green can be a win-win. By reducing extra weight on your boat (spring is a great time to clean out those mystery lockers) and doing routine maintenance on your engine you can ensure fuel efficiency, which can save you big bucks! 

2. Protect your bottom & go copper-free.
Everything below your boat’s waterline is part of the marine ecosystem; the chemicals you choose matter! If you’re picking out bottom paint for the season, check out our handy list of the best products for your wallet and harbor.

3. REDUCE, reuse, recycle!
Yep! It even applies on your boat, but notice the order and size – they make a big difference when it comes to helping keep plastic out of the ocean. So when you’re planning to go out on the boat, skip the disposable silverware, plates and cups, spring for a picnic basket to carry your reusable dishes and we guarantee you’ll save money over time.

4. Small spills add up.
85% of the petroleum that enters North American ocean waters each year is a result of regular human activities including land-based runoff, polluted rivers, airplanes, small boats and jet skis, while less than 8% comes from tanker or pipeline spills. Spring is the perfect time to do bilge maintenance to make sure your boat does not contribute.

5. Get Clean.
Spring is the best time to start fresh with your cleaning supplies and ensure they won’t harm your family when you use them, and it helps keep your waters swimmable! Choosing a cleaner can be overwhelming, but we have a few pointers on how to find the best product for your family and boat (and a list of our favorite ones)! View our tips for non-toxic products >>

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