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4. Put out your smokes and other open flames. ‘Ha ha’ just kid­ding. No I’m not.

5. Your por­ta­ble tanks need to go ashore for fill­ing. Yes, it can be a pain in the ass if you don’t trailer your boat.

6. You should touch some­thing metal be­fore you start fill­ing to dis­charge any static elec­tric­ity you have built up in your body, and keep the noz­zle against the edge of the fuel fill port to pre­vent a spark. ‘Flame On!’ is only pain­less in Mar­vel comic books. Also keep your hand on the fill­ing noz­zle, if you need both hands to talk – shut up. 7. Pre­vent leak­age. You should have an idea how much fuel you need so don’t over­fill. Only fill to 90% as the fuel ex­pands as it warms up. If you spill any, wipe it up and dis­pose of the cloth on­shore. Fuel soaked rags stuck in a cor­ner can ig­nite spon­ta­neously. This is bad as it can be a long swim for sur­vivors af­ter the ex­plo­sion.

8. Ven­ti­late the bilge with your ma­rine blower for at least 5 min­utes and give it a sniff be­fore you crank on the en­gine. If the boats fume de­tec­tor doesn’t work, hope­fully your nose will.

9. Put your pas­sen­gers back in the boat and en­joy!

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