Archive for April, 2012
Prior to moving to Port Townsend, WA, my aunt and uncle lived on Lopez Island, which is one of the larger islands that make up the archipelago known as the San Juan Islands. For years they had extolled the beauty of the islands and urged me to make the trip up from Seattle. I finally carved some time out of my schedule to go visit the islands.
All I can say is: breathtaking. The islands are truly a wealth of natural beauty and the residents do their utmost to keep it that way. I now take frequent boating trips out to the islands. In fact, I plan on putting some 2 cycle oil in my boat for an outing this weekend
Did you know that among personal watercrafts, multi-person models sell the best? Even though they are the slowest and least fuel efficient, one, two, three and even four person PWCs sell extremely well. That is because these models have been touted as family-friendly.
When my kids were younger we owned a multi-person PWC. It was great to strap everybody into life vests and take a spin on the water. Once my kids got older, I ditched the multi-person for a single sit-down ride. I’ve saved a lot of money on fuel and Yamalube oil by making the switch.
There are two main types of personal watercrafts: stand-up and sit-down models. Stand-up models tend to be small, single person watercrafts. They also tend to be used for aerial tricks, but can pose problems to professional riders who prefer sit down controls. Overall, stand-up models tend to be cheaper than sit-down models.
Sit-down personal watercrafts gained popularity in the 1980s when the U.S. developed an interest in family-friendly water sports. Sit-down models can seat one to two passengers depending on the model. They are less efficient when it comes to fuel consumption, but they are easier to steer than stand-up models. Yamalube 2W oil can be used for both models to keep the gears operating smoothly.
My wife was nervous the first time my kids expressed an interest in personal watercraft. We know some kids who have seriously injured themselves going too fast on the water and losing control. Others have hurt themselves attempting stupid tricks.
We did finally consent to letting the kids’ use our PWC, but they had to prove they were responsible first. They had to demonstrate their knowledge of the machine and its maintenance, including demonstrating how to replace the Yamalube 2W oil. They also had to take a safety course at the marina and pass with a 100 percent. Finally, they had to sign contracts with me and their mother stating that any violations of our rules would result in a lifetime ban from using the PWC. No warnings, no strikes, one mistake and they’re cut off. Thus far my kids have obeyed the rules and stayed safe.
I have owned several outboard motor boats over the years. Some years I’ve had overlaps where I suddenly had three boats instead of the usual two on my property. To keep all of them in tip top shape I use Yamalube 2M oil.
After a couple years of buying Yamalube individually, I finally sat down and crunched some numbers. It worked out that buying Yamalube oil in bulk was the better way to go. I saved money and time, plus I rarely have to worry about running out of oil.
This weekend we had unseasonably warm weather. With a little urging from my wife and kids, I got the boat ready with some Yamalube 2M oil, trailered it and headed out to the lake for an afternoon of fun. While my wife and kids took the boat for a spin, I stayed on shore and rustled up some food.
I set up my charcoal grill, got a nice burn going, and went about making my famous hamburgers. I loathe frozen patties and refuse to eat them. My burgers are made with fresh ground beef, chopped onions, eggs, and spices. I shape the patties and then char them to perfection before serving them on a sesame bun. Good weather deserves good food!
Owning a boat can be quite costly. Maintenance supplies and licenses can be a bit much for someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time on the water. If, on the other hand, you’re essentially a fish without gills, then you should invest in the best boat maintenance supplies available.
Best is not automatically synonymous with most expensive. For example, I keep my Yamaha outboard motor well lubricated with Yamalube 2-M oil. It’s not the most expensive stuff on the market, but it is the most effective. Trust me; I’ve tried all the oil brands and I only trust Yamalube to keep my outboard humming along.
The Yamaha Motor Corp. produces a line of regular and synthetic oils under the Yamalube label. In recent years, the Yamalube 2 cycle oil types available include 2R, 2W, 2S and 2M. The Yamalube 2R oil is intended for use with motocross engines, while the 2W is intended for WaveRunners and other sporting boats.
ATVs, golf carts, snowmobiles, and motorcycles can all benefit from the use of Yamalube 2S oil. Yamalube 2M is particularly useful for two-stroke outboard boat motors. If you do not have a two-stroke engine, then I would still advise looking into other Yamaha engine oil for your needs as the brand is incredibly trustworthy.
After slogging through a dreary winter, I cannot wait for spring to arrive so I can get out on the water. Over the years I’ve acquired a number of toys: speed boats, WaveRunners, wake boarding accessories and more. When it comes to keeping my toys in good working order, I turn to Yamaha products.
Yamalube oil has served me well over the years. I use it in conjunction with my personal watercrafts and it has never given me anything other than smooth sailing, so to speak. Once I tried a cheaper brand, but, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. I immediately drained the cheap stuff out and went back to Yamalube.
Bonding with my brother-in-law was difficult, at first. He has an outspoken, confrontational personality which I find abrasive. Since getting married and having children he’s mellowed out a bit, but for several years I restricted my interaction with him.
At one family event he and I struck up a conversation about boating. He had just moved to a riverfront property and was asking for advice on what outboard motors he should be looking at. The conversation went so smoothly that I wound up agreeing to go shopping with him for a boat and Yamaha outboard oil! The trip to the store went well; although, I don’t think we’ll be taking joint vacations together any time soon.