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02/08/2017
Water pollution and marine environment contamination information. How boats affect marine environments, the role that marine oil plays, and what you can do to reduce water pollution.

How Your Boat Can Affect the Marine Environment

Cruising in your boat, going fishing, or just taking your watercraft out for a ride can be much fun. Yet, whether you realize it or not, little by little all boats and watercrafts contribute to the pollution that the marine environment faces. Every year there is an increasing risk of higher levels of pollution and more and more wildlife is affected. Taking the proper steps to reduce the pollution and harm caused by boats and watercrafts can help slow down the alarming increase of pollution in the marine environment. The following information can help you better understand why your boat can affect the environment and how to minimize pollution that sources from your boat.

Two-Stroke Marine Engines Create More Pollution Than Four-Stroke

Your boat can affect the ecosystem and the general marine environment in more ways than one. From the paint your boat uses to the burn off that comes out of the engine and even minor spills or leaks can add up. For starters, two-stroke engines are notorious for polluting because of their less efficient discharge of unburned fuel and sometimes chemical mix that is released. Two-stroke marine engines tend to release approximately 25-30% of fuel and oil mix into the waters. Some newer models have become somewhat efficient at reducing this. Still, four-stroke engines remain a better option for caring for the environment. This is because they release about 90-97% fewer pollutants into the environment in comparison to older two-stroke models.

Boats Release Small Amounts of Chemicals That Are Harmful to the Environment

No matter what type of engine your boat has, it is important to keep your engine in good condition in order for it to be efficient and not cause greater harm. Oil and fuel are both necessary to keep your boat running but when they get into the water or environment they cause pollution that contaminates the waters and that is toxic to marine plants and animals. All boats and marine engines tend to release some amount of chemicals and even metal sheering into the water column. Even small amounts of this add up. In fact, it is not huge oil spills that are more predominant in harming the marine environment, it is the accumulation of smaller almost undetected spills, leaks, or burn-off release.

Use Lubricants That Are Not as Harmful the Marine Environment

The right lubricants can protect your engine from corrosion and friction that lead to metal wear and deterioration of the engine and other components. There are also a few products that are formulated with the environment in mind and have very low toxicity components. If you have a two-stroke engine that you would like to make a little more environmentally safe, then use AMSOIL's two-stroke marine lubricants that are low toxicity tested. The High-Performance Marine 2-Stroke Oil is ideal for protecting against rust, wear, deposits, and it provides better performance than an injection oil or a 50:1 pre-mix all while reducing smoke and minimizing aquatic toxicity. To learn more about this and other environmentally friendly lubricant options and safer fluids that AMSOIL provides, contact T's Advanced Synthetics today at (727) 798-8552 and ask about the low toxicity tested products for your boat.

Other Things You Can Do to Reduce Water and Environmental Pollution in Marine Areas

There are also a few other things you can do to help reduce water and environmental pollution in marine wildlife areas.
  1. When painting your boat or watercraft, carefully select marine safe boat paint that will not be toxic to the fish and wildlife.
  2. Tune your engine so it can be less noisy and more efficient without causing as much stir up and pollution.
  3. Be conscious of the size of your boat and motor. Large motors create even greater pollution, especially in smaller lakes and ponds, so avoid using your extra large boat in a smaller lake.
  4. Respect wildlife and keep a distance of at least 200 feet from water animals and loons.
  5. Ensure that you keep your boat in good condition and that you perform regular maintenance tasks. Boats and watercrafts that are kept in good condition tend to create less pollution and perform better.


Safer Synthetic Oil for Your Boat in Palm Harbor, FL

T's Advanced Synthetics is dedicated to helping you keep your boat, watercraft, and all other vehicles in good shape. They carry everything you need to keep your marine engine in top condition and stock products for all other engine needs. Contact them at (727) 798-8552 for more information.
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