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5 Boating Myths Busted

We’re taking a moment to bust some of the most common boating myths around. If you have any you think are worth addressing, please share your insights to our Facebook page.

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Myth: Never run your tank past 50%.

Many people worry that if fuel gets to below 50%, contaminants from the base of the tank will come up into the engine and ruin it. This is a myth, because no matter how much fuel you have in the tank, it always draws fuel from the base. Myth busted!

MYTH: Lakes aren’t rough

False. Waves in lakes actually tend to be steeper, and in many cases, closer together. This is because lakes are shallower than the ocean. Plus, when shorelines are close, waves bounce off opposite sides and amplify. As a result, the waves you get in a lake can be more confused than what you’d expect in the ocean.

MYTH: Boats with turbine-powered engines are jets.

It’s a common misconception that boats powered by turbine engines use jet propulsion and aeroplane motors. When it comes to performance racing, most actually use helicopter engines. No matter what you’re using the engine for, the power is transferred to the water via propellers and a transmission.

MYTH: More blades on a propeller means a faster boat.

To bust this one, we’re going straight to Exhibit A – the drag-racing hydroplane (AKA the fastest boats around.) These boats hurtle down quarter-mile stretches at 200 miles per hour plus. And, they only have 2 propeller blades.

MYTH: The most dangerous boat is the performance boat.

Recreational boating stats indicate that alcohol and drug use are the biggest causes of boating accidents, including fatalities. When it comes to propulsion, inboard and outboard boats were actually involved in a greater number of accidents.

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