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Renewable Energy

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Join Our Green Boating Community Energy for navigation, refrigeration, lights or other electrical items require a power source, but a boat’s engine will use almost as much fuel to charge batteries as it does when motoring. Idling your engine still produces emissions and pollutants that negatively affect our environment and our health. Running your engine … Read more

Reduce Fuel Usage


Join Our Green Boating Community How you take care of and drive your vessel has a large effect on how much fuel you use. Before your trip: Perform routine engine maintenance. Change fuel filters regularly to remove unwanted particles, increasing engine efficiency. Fuel additives will clean engine parts, breaking down potentially harmful substances. For other tips, … Read more



Join Our Green Boating Community What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is a renewable, non-toxic, clean-burning fuel, which can be a great alternative to conventional diesel. It’s produced from seed oils (canola, sunflower, soybean, etc.) and can also be made from waste vegetable oil, animal fats and algae, which don’t compete with food production. Biodiesel burns cleaner … Read more

Outboard Engines


Join Our Green Boating Community Outboard motors have come a long way. If you were to purchase an outboard engine prior to 2006, you would be shopping in a marketplace dominated by carbureted 2-stroke engines. In these traditional engines, the intake and exhaust ports are both open during the piston’s downstroke. They lose 20 to … Read more

Carbon Footprint

Join Our Green Boating Community What’s the Global Carbon Cycle?  Moderate levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere are normal, as CO2 helps keep the planet warm and plays an integral role in many key biological processes, including photosynthesis. The earth naturally produces and processes CO2 in what is referred to as the Global … Read more