Course Outline

Fueling a vessel

While filling the fuel tank:

  • Keep the nozzle of the fuel-pump hose in solid contact with the tank opening to prevent producing a static spark.
  • Use caution and fill the tank slowly to avoid spilling fuel into the boat’s bilge or into the water. Use an oil-absorbent pad to catch drips or spills.
  • Never fill a tank to the brim—leave room for fuel to expand.
  • Wipe up any spilled fuel, and properly dispose of the used paper towels or rags on shore.
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