Archive for October, 2008
Boating enthusiasts know that frequent summer outings to the lake can end up costing a hefty amount of money. Outboard motor oil and gas are two of the biggest expenses. One tip to save some money is to buy motor oil in bulk. Many brands, like Yamaha 2w oil, can be purchased by the case. Gas saving practices can also save money.Gas Saving Tips:
~Go through the storage compartments in your boat to eliminate extra baggage. Your boat motor burns more gas when your boat’s weighed down.
~Try only using your trolling motor when fishing. Eliminating the use of your primary motor conserves fuel.
~Keep the bottom of your boat clean. When your boat is stored for long periods of time algae grows in the hull. The drag created by the algae forces the engine to use more gas.
Boats are just like cars in that if they sit around for long enough they’re probably going to need some maintenance before they can be operated again. Unless you’re in Florida or southern California, it’s likely that you’re not taking your boat out for most of the year. One of the most important things you can do to keep your boat in tip-top shape is to check its oil. A dry engine can mean a dead engine and engines are expensive to replace.
Here’s how you can check your boat engine oil:
1.) Use a light-colored rag to wipe the engine oil off of the dipstick. The dipstick will usually be color colored in order to tell what level the oil is at.
2.) Hold the oil end of the dipstick next to the light-colored rag. If the oil is at the “full” line, your engine oil is at a good level. If it comes up to the “low” line, you need to add some Yamalube 2w oil.
3.) If you notice that the oil is dark, or contains dirt and sand particles, change the oil. If the oil is a deep yellow in color, the oil is fine. Check the boat engine oil before each outing.
There are so many different types of engines out there that it’s a challenge to remember how each one operates. So next time you’re filling your water-cooled engine up with Evinrude xd50 oil you may want to consider that because engines create so much heat during the combustion process they need to be cooled often. Water is much better at conducting heat than air. Water-cooled engines can often be found in motorized bikes.
Here’s how a water-cooled engine works: A water-tight jacket fits around the head and cylinder of the engine to carry heat away from the heart of the engine. The water is then circulated through the tubes in a loop from the cylinder to a radiator, where the water is cooled by air. The water then returns to the engine to pick up some more heat.
In less than two months it will officially be winter. Though many people may not look forward to the endless snow and nippy days; others say ‘the more snow the better.’ Winter sports are becoming increasingly popular. Sports like skiing and snowmobiling offer needed outdoor escapes for those trapped in cubicles for the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work week.
But before you hope on your snowmobile heading out on that snowy mountain trail it’s important to know some snowmobile safety rules. First, avoid trails with inadequate snow cover. Don’t ever ride on frozen waterways. Be aware of hidden hazards and obstacles beneath the snow. Always abide by signs and barriers. And, make sure your snowmobile is properly tuned up. This involves filling the oil with yamaha 2s oil when needed.
If you are a mini-bike owner you should know that you have options when buying oil. Many people may be confused when shopping for motor oil; there are so many brands and so many types out there that it’s hard to know which ones will work best. It’s good to know that two cycle outboard oil can be used on mini-bikes as well as boats.
Two stroke engine oil works on both water-cooled and air-cooled engines. Mini-bike owners will get the best results when they purchase premium two-stroke oil. Two stroke oils can be found at any auto or marine parts store.
I was thinking about buying a boat, but I didn’t really know where to start. I knew that I wanted something fast and spiffy. But I also wanted something that was mechanically sound. A friend of mine told me a priority in buying a boat is to make sure it has a good outboard motor. I had no idea what this meant.
After doing a little online research I realized that outboard motors are so important because they provide steering control for the boat. Outboard motors can be found on most all boats. Just like any motor, outboard motors need oil. It turns out my friend has always used evinrude outboard oil for his boat, so I decided that’s what I would use whenever I found my boat.
When purchasing a new car it’s important to know about car maintenance. Understanding the basics of car upkeep will allow your car to run longer and cost you less money in the long run. The best way to start is by understanding your car’s maintenance schedules. Recommended maintenance routines will be outlined in the car owner’s manual.
One of the most important parts of car maintenance is making sure your oil is at a decent level. You can do this by manually checking the oil level. You’ll need to open up your car’s hood and find the dip stick. After you’ve located the dip stick, pull it out and use a clean cloth to wipe it off. Next, dip the stick back in the tank; upon pulling it out you should be able to see whether or not you need to add oil. If your oil is low use a high-quality product, like evinrude oil, to fill it to capacity.
If you’ve ever seen a picture of a penguin running around in a hand-knitted sweater and thought it was just dog sweaters to the extreme, think again – these sweaters serve a legitimate purpose. Penguins are dressed in the brightly-colored sweaters after an oil spill to keep them from preening and to keep them warm.
The sweaters are knit from volunteers around the world, and placed on penguins that have been doused in the slick oil, so that they can’t ingest it when they preen themselves. Sweaters are also placed on the penguins that have had the oil cleaned and scrubbed off of them, because the detergents strip away the natural oils penguins produce to keep warm.
So next time you’re disposing of your boat motor oil, do it in a safe way. One quart may not equal an oil spill, but every little drop can be harmful to the environment.
Gas prices may be on the decline, but so is the economy. It’s important to watch your fuel intake, and save every penny you can, especially when it comes to gas-guzzling outboard motors. All hope is not lost, though – here are some tips to save fuel when you’re out boating, according to the Boat Owner’s Association of the U.S.:
1. Leave the junk at home: Piles of excess weight will increase the amount of fuel burned per hour. Cleaning out 100 pounds of junk from your car will give you up to two percent more miles per gallon – so imagine what it’ll do for your boat.
2. Decrease the water weight: Don’t keep the water in the tank topped off if you’re only going out for the afternoon. At 8.33 pounds per gallon, it can really weigh the boat down.
3. Tune up: A tune-up and new outboard motor oil will get your boat running more effectively.
4. Tune your prop: A dinged prop will slow your boat down and use more fuel.
5. A fresh coat of paint: Paint the bottom of the boat. It takes a lot more fuel to push a dirty, chipped boat through the water versus one with a sleek new paint job.
6. Keep the boat in trim: Using trim tabs or distributing weight evenly will help you move your boat through the water more easily and with less fuel consumption.
7. Watch the tide: Check tide tables, and try to travel with the tide whenever possible.
8. Use a fuel flow meter: If fuel consumption begins to rise, it’s an early sign that something is wrong.
It’s the same process as checking the oil in your car, but just in case you don’t know, here are the steps to check your boat’s oil:
1. Pull out the dipstick (which usually has a yellow handle at the top), and wipe off the oil with a light colored rag to check its color. If it is dark or has particles such as dirt and sand in it, it needs to be changed. A recommended oil type is Yamalube outboard motor oil. If it’s a caramel color, it is fine.
2. Put the dipstick back in, and pull it out to check the oil level. If the oil only reaches to the “low” line, you need more.
3. Check the engine oil before each outing; this will allow you to detect leaks early on.