3 CHEAP BOATING TRICKS: GET ON THE WATER FOR LESS!

Cheap boating may sound like a contradiction, but it doesn't have to be with these DIY tips.

1. FILL UP AT THE BUNKER, NOT AT THE MARINA


Fuel is expensive, but it is more expensive the closer to the water you buy it. Fill up on the way to your destination instead of at the marina and, depending on the size of your tank, you'll probably save at least a few bucks.

2. MAKE THOSE REPAIRS YOURSELF


You can save money and down time, increase your boating satisfaction, and maybe even learn a new skill by making small repairs and improvements on your own. Luckily most boaters like to share information, so you probably won't have to go farther than the nearest dock (or waterside watering hole) to get help with just about any project.  Put bluntly, it's simply unsafe for you to be out on the sea operating your vessel without basic mechanical knowledge of how things work and how to fix them!

3. AVOID BUYING PRODUCTS WITH "MARINE" IN THE NAME


There are many products targeted for boaters that are identical to a non-marine-branded product, and usually the price is much higher. This is especially true for cleaning, sealing, and polishing products, but it also applies to anything you would use both on and off a boat. There are often valid reasons to pay for the extra waterproofing or saltproofing, especially for specialty items. For everything else, buy the "household" version.

That's it, three tips to save you money before you even get to the boat. Enjoy the summer, and let us know if you have other ideas to add to our growing Cheap Boating Tricks list.

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