Over the last few weeks I’ve encountered half a dozen anglers at the boat ramps early in the morning that are dealing with an outboard motor problem that can be easily avoided (and help protect your outboard from permanent damage as well).
Flushing your outboard motor when you've been boating on saltwater is an incredibly important part of routine engine maintenance.
Every boat, no matter the size, needs to be maintained.
You put in the work this spring to get your boat in tip-top shape for the summer, and now is the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. However, smart boaters know they still need to give their boats some TLC during the boating season. Performing routine maintenance on your boat during the season will keep your vessel running smoothly and keep your fun-filled boating days fun-filled. Here’s how to do that.
Most sterndrive and outboard manufacturers advise you to change the gearcase oil in your lower unit every 100 hours or once a year. Clean oil is critical for protecting the heavily loaded gears in your lower unit and preventing expensive damage. Servicing the lower unit is a simple job that you can easily do yourself.
Anyone who has ever turned an ignition key knows the frustration of hearing nothing. Again, this is most likely an electrical issue - a low or dead battery, or a break somewhere in the ignition circuit.
Boat engines are prone to overheating and this can cause serious damage to your boat and boats engine if left untreated. In order to fix overheating problems you first need to do some detective work. Find out exactly what is causing the overheating problem with boat engines and you should be able to correct the overheating problem before it has chance to seriously damage your boat.