Choosing Mercury Oil For a Boat

motor boats at dockMany people feel that cheap oil is just as good as the other types of oil that they can use in their boat. They will continue to use the oil that is not really that great for their boat just because they are able to save all kinds of money buying this rather than the premium stuff. What they often don’t realize is what they’re putting into their boat is filled with all kinds of additives.

These different additives can make it so that your boat motor eventually becomes clogged up with the residue that is left behind as these are burned. It is really challenging to work with a boat that is clogged up by all of this since the boat will eventually start showing signs of breaking down slowly. It is terrible to have to take a boat in to get it fixed because of this.

To make sure that I am able to keep my boat running at its best, I make sure that I only use premium types of motor oil. I typically will use some Mercury oil in my boat just because this kind of oil is really the best kind of oil to make sure that my boat continues to work wonderfully.

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Outboard Motor Oil Keeps Me Out on My Boat

wakeWhen I first purchased a boat, I was mostly excited about being able to have the ability to go out on the water when the weather was good. I really didn’t know much about boats in general. This meant that I had to do what I could to make sure that I would be able to continue spending a lot of time out on the water all of the time rather than in the harbor.

To ensure that I would be able to keep the motor running excellently, I had to make sure that I was giving my boat the things that it really needed so that it would be able to run really well. I picked out a high quality type of outboard motor oil and used good quality gasoline to ensure that my motor didn’t end up filled up with sludge.

It is exciting to be able to have the right type of oil for my boat because I know that I am making it so that my boat is able to keep moving easily. With the oil in the motor the different pieces of the engine will move freely making it so that it is a whole lot easier to keep my boat going all of the time. I love being able to do this with my boat.

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Yamaha Outboard Oil is Right for My Yamaha Motor

domo-online blog 4 11-23-15When I was shopping for new boat motors for my boat, I decided to look at not only the motors, but the price of the oil that I would have to use in the boat. I am glad that I have been able to compare all of these prices so that I can get a good idea of how much this motor will cost me in the long run. I like being able to know this before I buy a motor.

After looking at many different types of motors, I was able to find one that I liked for my boat. It seemed to have a lot of power and work really well compared to other motors. I was especially glad to find that it ran well on Yamaha outboard oil, which I know I can buy cheaply online when I purchase it in bulk.

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Saving the Day with Mercury Engine Oil

Motors cannot run without oil. Scratch that. Motors cannot run without oil for very long. They definitely cannot run without it for very long in a safe way, that will not break the engine. This is why it is so problematic when an engine has an oil leak. For most boat motors it is a good idea to change the oil at the beginning of every boating season.

My father always drained the oil out of his boat each winter. He would let the boat sit empty during the winter and then replace the oil in the spring when he was ready to use the boat again. This worked perfectly, until he forgot to fill it. He got the boat to the launch before he realized it was empty. He had to call me to bring him Mercury engine oil so that he could take the boat out safely.

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Doing One’s Own Maintenance with Evinrude XD 100 Oil

service department_376f4aEver since I was a child, I’ve always been very responsible. My mother can tell stories about how I would always go out of my way to take very good care of my toys and I always took extra measures to stay safe and never break anything. As an adult, I think that I still have that sort of responsible attitude, especially when it comes to the ‘toys’ that I have fun with now.

In this case, those ‘toys’ would be my car and my boat and I am well-known amongst my friends for meticulously taking care of both of them. I always do my own maintenance on them because I don’t trust that mechanics will care for them as much as I do, which is why I always keep a stock of the motor oil that I need, such as Evinrude XD 100 oil.

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Smallmouth Fish in the Umpqua

One of the best places to catch smallmouth fish is in the Umpqua River located in Oregon. You might not consistently find the biggest fish there, but hundreds are caught by fishermen every single day! Bass and river herrings are the most common fish found in the Umpqua River, so if you have any desire to catch either of these, you’re definitely headed to the right place.

While you’re cruising around in your boat down the Umpqua River, you’ll be amazed at the beautiful scenery of the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua, one of the best sights that the Pacific coast of Oregon has to offer. If you’ve got a bottle of Mercury 2 Cycle Oil, you’ll likely be more than one step ahead of the other boaters and fishermen that you’ll encounter during your time on the river. In no time, you’ll have more smallmouth fish than you can carry, with just a little bit of effort and a boat running as smoothly as possible.

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What Makes an Oil High Quality?

There are many different engine lubricants available on the market. This can make it hard to determine the good from the bad. Quality oils will have certain characteristics no matter the brand. For instance, quality oil will be made from polymers that are resistant to breakage under extreme circumstances. These additives protect an expensive engine from corrosion, rust, and sand particles.

Quality oil should be thick and viscous. The oil needs to cling to engine parts when running, but also flow to the lowest parts of the engine to coat rings and bearings. Personally, I go for Yamaha oil as I know that whether I need two stroke or four stroke oil, their brand delivers quality.

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Winterizing a 9.9 Evinrude Outboard Motor, Part II

Yesterday we went over the first few steps in winterizing an Evinrude 9.9 outboard motor. We left off with flushing out the motor with cool water. After the motor has been flushed, allow the water to drain from the cooling system as the outboard sits upright.

Next, drain the lower unit and refill the unit with gear lubricant. Also use this time to inspect the propeller shaft for any cracks in the seal. Change the motor oil; Evinrude outboard oil is preferred, especially for four-stroke engines. Finally, disconnect the spark plugs, spray fogging oil into the ports, and bump the starter to evenly distribute the spray. Finally, disconnect the portable fuel tanks, the battery, and remove the propeller. Store everything neatly in a dry, secure location and your 9.9 Evinrude outboard motor should weather the winter perfectly.

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Beginners Guide to Outboard Motors Part 1

Maximizing your mobility and getting the most out of your boating experience should be everyone’s goal. The problem is how do you get there? It’s not like anyone decides they’re going to dislike their time on the water, it’s just that so many people don’t know how to get the most out of it. Stick steering for your outboard motor is one affordable strategy you can use to make your boating experience more fun than ever before.

By eliminating the need to sit directly in front of the motor as you steer, stick steering allows you to change the motor’s position from a distance. That means that you can now steer the boat from the front of the craft, the way it’s supposed to be done. When the stick is moved a drum is rotated and the motor shifts its position accordingly. They’re relatively easy to install and can be purchased for under $500. Without having to fork over the cash for an independent steering system this is a great way to get more from your outboard motor.

And for Evinrude owners, stock up on Evinrude XD100 oil and make your motor last.

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Winterizing Your Boat: Part Four

In an early post in this series I said to drain all of the fuel from the tank. This is a necessary procedure, but there are two schools of thought when it comes to what to do after this process. Some manufacturers say to disconnect the fuel hose and run the engine until all of the fuel is gone and leave the boat in that condition for storage. Others say to refill the tank with fuel and add a fuel treatment product to prevent condensation from building in the tank.

If you take the latter route, you will obviously want to make sure you add the proper ratio of outboard motor oil as well. The best way to determine which method to employ is simply to consult your owner’s manual. During the process of preparing the fuel tank, however, you will always want to change the fuel filters and the water separators.

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Environmentally Safe Boating: Part Four

Fueling your boat is obviously one of the riskiest practices when it comes to petroleum spills in the water. Not only will spilling gasoline harm the wildlife and ecosystem, the corrosive nature of the fuel can cause serious damage to the hull of your boat as well. Although gas stations built on piers are easily accessible for boaters, the ramifications of a spill are exponentially worse than if you were refueling on dry land. So whenever possible, throw your boat on the trailer and make the trip down the street to your standard station.

Whenever you fill your boat, be sure to leave about 10 percent of the tank unfilled to allow for expansion and help prevent spills. There are multiple ways to determine when the tank is almost to capacity, including sounding sticks, listening to the filter pipe and, of course, taking note of the tank’s volume. Another one of the main ways boaters contaminate a body of water is by discharging outboard motor oil through the bilge pump; however, this should be an issue if you keep your engine well maintained. But just to be safe, it’s a good idea to place some oil absorbent materials in the bilge boom and underneath the engine.

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TC-W3 Certification: How the Oil is Tested

Three different engines are used by the NMMA to test the oils and determine if they meet TC-W3 certification standards. First, the outboard motor oil is tested on a BRP 40 hp engine and a Johnson 70 hp. They also run two consecutive tests using a Mercury 15 hp motor and two separate lubricity tests. This variety of testing ensures that the oil’s performance is uniform in all two-stroke engines. 

During the tests, the engines run for 100 hours each. Every ten hours during the test, the testers stop the engines and the oil is inspected. The testing process remains constant regardless of the manufacturer and chemical makeup of the oil. Many boat manufacturers specify TC-W3 certified oils for their engines, so receiving TC-W3 certification can be a boon for an oil manufacturer.

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