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Frequently Asked Questions
How 0ften should I have my oil changed?
Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes, using marine grade oil. The frequency will vary by model but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year. While each manufacturer has different recommendations, we have the proper equipment to perform whatever service is needed and can usually change it onsite.
My Boat won’t start, what do you think is wrong?
Following the diagnostic trail, we will look at a series of different issues that could be plaguing your boat. Since boats are so widely varied, with many different controls and engines, we would first recommend looking at the battery and connections. We carry a full line of high end marine batteries should this be all that is needed.
Do I need to winterize?
The short answer is…Yes you do! it’s important to freeze protect your engine to prevent major engine damage such as a cracked engine block.
The long answer is Fuel stabilization over the several months of non-use has to be a priority. Today’s ethanol enhanced gasoline ( E-10 ) is very susceptible to moisture as it will absorb any condensation on the inside surfaces of the fuel tank that forms when large temperature changes occur. In hot weather gasoline can absorb up to 0.5% water but as it gets colder, the moisture in suspension will cause the ethanol to un-bond with the gasoline and will form an ethanol-water combination which is more corrosive than ethanol alone. This new mixture is heavier than gasoline and settles to the bottom where it proceeds to eat away at aluminum tanks starting at the welded seams. It can also strip the anodizing off the sides of the tank. Come springtime the carburetors or fuel injection system may accumulate the particles of aluminum oxide which looks likes white sludge. The same scenario happens to the gasoline inside of the engine and that affects the internal metal, plastic, and rubber parts of your motor’s fuel system. That is only half the story, gasoline also decomposes over time and oxidizes, forming gummy deposits that can harden and smell like varnish. This is where a quality fuel stabilizer comes in, its ingredients slow the decomposition of gasoline and retard – but not prevent – the phase separation of ethanol and water. In addition most stabilizers contain anti-corrosive additives to minimize rusting of steel parts and the freezing up of expensive electric fuel pumps.
We provide expert Marine Winterization in the Fall, and also provide a Summerization in the Spring to get your boat ready for the summer fun. Be sure to get on our schedule early as we book up fast.
Should I be concerned if my engine/temperature gage is running hot?
Excessive overheating can ruin your engine. If your engine is overheating turn it off and do not run it until you have fixed the problem.
Your engine can overheat for a variety of reasons and can be a temporary problem such as weed or debris wrapped around your lower unit. It can also be from a more serious reason such as a bad water pump impeller or clogged exhaust castings. As part of your yearly routine maintenance the water pump impeller should be replaced. If you are overheating and you haven’t replaced the pump for a while, give us call and we can generally replace it within a day (depending on our schedule log).