Eco-Friendly Boating

boat custom cover,boat EnclosuresThe volume of pollution disposed in America’s waters from recreational boating is estimated to be more than 15 times the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill. An estimated 30% of all fuel and oil used in two-stroke engines ends up in the water. Paying attention to routine boat maintenance can help reduce these threats to the ecosystem.

Here are some tips that can help ease the environmental impact in your routine maintenance.

1. Keep a supply of oil-absorbent rags on board to deal with of oil and fuel spills: Even small spills of oil can contaminate a large volume of water.

2. Properly dispose of used oil and filters: call 1-800 CLEANUP (Canada 1 800-667-4321) for advice and the nearest disposal facility. Facilities are available to handle elements  toxic to the marine environment.

3. Keep used solvents separate from used oil:  never mix or pour hazardous wastes down drains, on the ground or the water.

4. Wax your boat:  A coat of wax prevents surface dirt on a fiberglass hull and will reduce the need for detergents when you wash your boat. Pollen, dust, spores, or salt won’t hurt the environment or the boat when then washed with water.

5. Wash topsides only: and limit dock side hull cleaning to the above water surface area only from the boot stripe up. Use a sponge to remove light growth without heavy metals usually caused by scrubbing. Rinse your boat with fresh water.

6. Use non-toxic cleaners: many cleaning products contain phosphates and chemicals that are toxic to the ecosystem. Before using products with hazardous warning labels, try using a natural cleaner like vinegar.

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