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Mechanical malfunctions are the most common power boating problem on the water and the majority of those are related to insufficient or contaminated fuel. To avoid running out of fuel, follow the “rule of thirds”: 1/3 for the trip out, 1/3 for the trip back, and at least 1/3 spare. To avoid contaminated fuel: install a water separator fuel filter, carry a replacement cartridge, and don’t forget a cartridge replacement wrench.

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Use this tool to plan your next boating trip. Get reports for the weather, tides and more! You can also create an electronic float plan and download a pre-departure checklist!

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