Thieves Stealing Gas from Boats

Thieves Stealing Gas from BoatsGas thieves aren’t just a problem on land. With the high price of gasoline, they’re also striking on the water.

Police are saying that they are receiving reports of gas cans being stolen and gas being siphoned from boats left tied to the end of docks or on boat lifts.

They’re reminding boat owners to remove gas cans and outboard motor oil when they secure their boats for the night.

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Shopping Around

YamalubeAs the specter of high oil prices looms throughout the summer, you can still find discounted boat oil online. Though many brands have slightly increased their prices, the internet has been a great resource of low priced oil. Name brands such as Yamalube and Evinrude can still be purchased at a low price, especially when compared to other retailers.

Do some research and you’ll no doubt find a great deal.

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Oil Production to Increase

Oil Production to IncreaseThis weekend, it was announced that Saudi Arabia will increase oil output by an additional 200,000 barrels. This will make the daily total of bulk oil 9.7 barrels. The news caused a slight decrease in gas prices, though most analysts are saying that this will not cause a dramatic change in prices.

Despite this output, the White House is still championing an increase in U.S. supplies via off-shore drilling.

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A Friendly Reminder

A Friendly ReminderIf you own or operate a sailboat, commercial fishing vessel, or recreational powerboat, now you can keep our waterways clean by properly managing your oily bilge water for free! Oily bilge water pump out stations have been installed at many marinas and lakes for the public to use, and oil absorbent pads are often available for free to help absorb boat motor oil contamination in your bilge water or to clean up any accidental spills safely and efficiently. Plus, oil and oil pad collection stations are conveniently located to ensure your used oil get recycled into new products.

It only takes a few minutes to pump out your bilge and keep our waterways and drinking water clean! All the oil captured by these systems is recycled, the water filtered and returned to our waterways free of contamination.

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Group Adds More Boat Shows

Group Adds More Boat ShowsIn two separate deals, Affinity Events added four boat or boat/RV consumer shows to its lineup, along with seven RV consumer shows, the company said in a press release yesterday. With the recent acquisitions, the company now produces 15 boat shows around the nation.

Three boat shows were acquired from MAC Events, LLC, based in Spring Lake, N.J. The Fall New Jersey Boat Show and New Jersey Boat Show are both held in Edison, N.J. The MAC Events Boat Show Richmond is held in Richmond, VA. Affinity Events plans to combine that show with one of its existing Richmond boat shows.

The company also acquired two boat shows from Mid-America Expositions, Inc., all produced in the Kansas City, Mo., area. The Fall RV & Boat Show is held in Kansas City, Kan., while the Mid-America Boat Show takes place in Kansas City, Mo.

The acquisitions give Affinity a total of 45 consumer shows, all acquired or launched over the past four years. The total audience of boating, RV, powersports and outdoor recreation enthusiasts who attend Affinity-run shows now exceeds 500,000; these events are also a coup for marine engine oil companies and other retail vendors.

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Gas Prices in Limbo

Gas Prices in LimboThe floods in Iowa this week could predicate rising gas prices, yet reports of a decline in gas sales have urged companies to finally keep their prices points low. In the second day of slippage, gas prices have shown that their prices have increased 36% versus a 94% increase in bulk oil. The discrepancy is hard to miss, but the demands for gasoline have been decreasing since January, with many people using alternative transportation such as busses, bikes and carpools.

The upcoming financial forecast for fuel suggests different outcomes. A potential strike in Nigeria, as well as the floods in the Midwest, could drive up the prices of gas, but as crude oil continues to fall, gas prices may as well.

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Save for the Summer


With the oil and gas prices shattering new records, some boaters are opting to stay home this summer. This isn’t completely necessary, however, you just have to be smart. For example all major outboard oil companies such as Yamalube and Mercury have raised their prices. If you bought some prior to the price increase – or even if you’ve yet to purchase it – you can still have fun like you normally would.

Limit your trips in your boat. Go out on a day that you can enjoy with a large group of people, such as your family and/or your friends. If you spaced out your boating trips to two or three times a month instead of every weekend, you’re sure to save yourself some money and survive the dreaded gas and oil prices.

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What is Two Stroke Oil?

2 cycle oil

Two-stroke oil (also referred to as two-cycle oil, 2 cycle oil, 2T oil or 2-stroke oil) is an engine oil intended for use in two-stroke engines, like those in many lawnmowers, Outboard motors, mopeds, scooters and small capacity motorcycles, etc. Since these lightweight engines do not feature oil sumps to collect and recycle oil like 4 cycle engines, oil must be mixed with the petrol fuel, for distribution throughout the engine for the purpose of lubrication. The two-stroke oil is ultimately burned along with the fuel resulting in exhaust emissions such as blue smoke and a distinctive odor.

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Get It Now!


If you’re a loyal Evinrude oil user then you’ll want to pay attention to this post: come July 1st, Evinrude will be slightly increasing their prices by 10%. Now while the number itself may seem a little steep, you have to think that for the overall performance by Evinrude will be worth the price increase.

This change is wide and not localized to any singular retailer, so if you use Evinrude and you plan on taking your boat out soon, you may want to purchase some oil now, while it retails for a lower price.

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How to Change an Oil Filter on Your Boat

outboard oilPart of making your boat run well is to regularly change your oil filter. Ideally, you’ll want to change your outboard oil filter every 100 hours, or at the top of the season. Here’s a guide on how to do it yourself:

• Because you’ll have to drain and then refill the oil, you’ll need to pull the boat out of the water onto dry land.

• Remove the engine cover, which is usually held in place with the use of one or two latches. Simply pull down on it and lift it straight up. Let it set off to the side — being careful not to scratch its surface.

• Here are some key parts and elements on the engine:

• Dip Stick — Simply pull it out to examine the condition of the oil inside the crank case.

• Fill — The fill for the engine oil screws on and off.

• Drain Plug — The manufacturer installed the drain plug for the crank case oil in what’s called the “mid-section” of the outboard engine. You simply loosen it to drain the oil.

• Before getting into the oil change, bring in a table and turn the steering wheel so that the drain plug on the motor is facing inward. Then trim the engine all the way up and place an oil pan on the table and under the drain plug.

• Back the drain plug out with the socket wrench, and be sure to have the oil pan right under the plug because the oil will flow freely.

• Once all of the oil has drained, wipe up any excess oil with a rag or absorbent pad.

• Replace the drain plug and tighten it securely.

• To change the oil filter, which needs to be changed every time to change the oil, you won’t be able to use a traditional oil-filter wrench because they’re too large. What you’ll need is a strap wrench that slips right over the filter cap. Pull it tight and then try to loosen the cap. If the strap slips, you may have to clean the filter cap with an absorbent pad. If this doesn’t work, get a screwdriver and hammer and simply drive (by tapping) the screwdriver tip down into the cap, and then rotate the filter until it becomes loose enough to take off.

• Before you replace the old oil filter with the new one, dip your finger into the old oil and rub a bead of the oil around the edge of the new filter’s gasket o-ring. This will make the job of removing this filter that much easier when it’s time to replace it.

• Screw the new oil filter into position.

• Now that the oil filter is in place and the drain plug is secured tightly, it’s time to remove the plug for the fill and add the three quarts of oil using a funnel.
• Warning: Every engine is different so be sure to check with the manufacturer’s manual for how much oil to use.

• The last thing you need to complete the oil and filter change is to pull out the dip stick in order to make sure you have enough oil.

• Please always dispose of discarded engine oil at an approved collection center.

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The Benefits of Oil Recycling

The Benefits of Oil RecyclingClean Water: By recycling your used outboard motor oil, you keep it out of rivers, lakes, streams and even your ground water. In many cases, that means keeping it out of your drinking water, off our beaches and away from wildlife.

Recycling the motor oil from one oil change protects a million gallons of drinking water – or a year’s supply for 50 people.

Save Energy and a Resource: Motor oil doesn’t wear out – it just gets dirty. As it circulates through your engine it picks up a variety of contaminants and becomes dirty or used and needs to be replaced. If you are one of the millions of do-it-yourselfers who drops off your oil at a collections center or uses curbside pickup you are conserving energy for future generations.

If one gallon of used motor oil is reprocessed and burned as fuel, it will generate enough electricity to power everything in your home for a day.

Recycling Used Oil: Used motor oil can be reprocessed into fuel that warms your home in the winter and cools it in the summer. It can be burned in furnaces for heat, or in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools and businesses. Processed motor oil can also be used in industrial burners, mixed with asphalts for paving, or blended for marine fuels.

Used motor oil can be re-refined into lubricating oils that meets the same certification and specifications as new or virgin motor oil thus conserving energy resources for the future.

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Preventing Spills

Preventing SpillsPart of being a responsible boater is to ensure that your boat isn’t leaking outboard motor oil. Not only will leaks and spills be a detriment to the environment, but some states will fine you for leaving a trail of oil. Spills and leaks can be prevented by checking your motor before taking your boat out on the water. Also make sure that your motor is tuned and bilges have been checked for oil leaks.

Additionally, you should also check weather reports, as overturned and submerged boats can leak fuel and oil into the water, killing fish and other wildlife.

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