Deciding to Buy Bulk Motor Oil

bulkOur family has a vacation house on a lake that we share with my grandmother’s siblings and their kids (and their kids, etc.). Over the years, we’ve gotten quite a collection of boats on our dock. Since each family wanted a different model or didn’t want this person to use their boat and the usual family stuff, we now have four boats.

With so many boats, it didn’t make too much sense to buy smaller amounts of oil. We all pitched in for one big bulk motor oil purchase. For some reason, there’s an attitude that buying oil in bulk means you’re getting lower quality oil because it costs less. It actually means you’re buying more at once and therefore paying less in the long run — aka, a much better deal.

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What You’ll Need for a Tune Up Aside from Outboard Oil

boat-motor-oil-300x225Properly maintaining your outboard engine means having regular maintenance that will extend the life of the engine. At *least* once a year, owners should tune up their outboard motor. You should follow the owners manual your specific model came with before trying to tune yours. However, there are some materials every model will need.

You will need outboard oil, soft cloths, lower-unit lubricant, fresh fuel, replacement spark plugs, and waterproof marine grease. All of these materials can be bought online or at a marine store. Some of the tools that will make your tune up easier will be the owner’s manual, a screwdriver, adjustable wrench, and pliers.

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