At Las Vegas Boat Harbor
For those of you that are first-time slip renters or boaters that visit our marina or any other marina for that matter, we hope you find this information helpful to have a great boating experience - wherever you are boating!
If you rent boats, this information only helps you & your friends have a safe & enjoyable experience.
Fueling Your Boat
Rental Boats are due back at 5:30pm in the summer, this adds to the congestion of a heavily trafficked area. If possible do not fuel around this time. Save yourself the stress!
Best Time to Visit the Fuel Dock is between 7am - 9am.
If you think you can save a couple of bucks by carrying jugs, think first.
- NO TRANSFERRING fuel in the marina area.
- Tanks expand in heat and create hazardous conditions.
- Full tanks in your vehicle and boat with 100 degree heat is unsafe.
Fueling procedures should always be followed. More below...
Arriving at the Fuel Dock
Tie the boat securely at the fuel dock.
A stable boat means fewer spills.
Stop all engines and auxiliaries.
This means all engines whether you have one or five. This also means your generator.
Shut off all electricity, open flames, and heat or cooling sources.
Yes, this means no air conditioning, fans or music!
Check all bilges for fuel fumes.
Open your hatch look in, use your eyes and nose. If you see or smell fuel, find out why. Do not start your boat!
Close access fittings and openings that could allow fuel vapors to enter enclosed spaces on the vessel.
This means to close the cabin doors, windows and hatches. Do not let in any fumes!
Maintain nozzle contact with fill pipe.
When gasoline passes through the hose, it generates static electricity. If that ‘sparks’ with the fumes at the fuel tank fill point, an explosion can occur. To dissipate the static electricity, keep the metal nozzle of the hose in contact with the metal part of the refueling opening.
Wipe up spills immediately. Have an absorbent cloth in your hand and ready.
Again, a no-brainer - Save the environment, save yourself.
Avoid overfilling, never fill to the brim.
Fuel expands in the heat, so you need to leave space. Boats tend to blowback or spit fuel back out.
The fuel filling nozzle must always be attended to.
No putting cans, bottles or blocks in the nozzle handle! Never walk away or turn your head from fueling your vessel.
Securely replace the gas cap.
This helps prevent fumes from spreading.
Inspect bilges for leakage & fuel odors.
Use your eyes and nose. If you see or smell fuel, find out why. Do not start your boat or anything else.
Open doors, hatches, and windows to ventilate your cabin or enclosed spaces.
You want to open all the doors, windows and hatches to allow for air to circulate through the boat
Don’t forget to pay - No explanation needed here.
Put your life jacket on and have fun on your boating excursion!
Automatic Clips & Shut Offs
Why is it different than my vehicle?
Marine Fuel docks do not have the convenient hands-free clip on the nozzle allowing you to pump mindlessly, and for good reason: They often don't click off in time. The venturi mechanism in a roadside gas pump works in closed fuel systems, like your vehicle. When fuel enters the tank, air is forced out at the opening as it's displaced by the fuel.
In vessels, you have a vented fuel system. The vent allows air to escape so the automatic shutoff doesn't work as you'd expect. Take your time and pay attention. Always keep a fuel-absorbent cloth with you to hold around the deck fill and vent in case any fuel burps out.
We are thankful for all our customers, but it takes a village to keep everyone safe. Please do your part by following the above fueling advice, wear your life jacket and follow all safe boating procedures. Let's make this a season to remember - more people are boating than ever - keep your lake clean and safe.