Oil Prices are Dropping but Don’t Start Your Engines Just Yet

bulk oilAs reported today by the Associated Press, oil prices have dropped below $117 a barrel on the strength of the American dollar. According to the article, “The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday that crude stockpiles grew 2.4 million barrels last week”

While stockpiles of bulk oil increased, we should still be a bit weary of the market. This is a positive sign, but it’s not a bad idea to conserve what we already may have and not take our boats out on the waters based on today’s news. If you were planning on rationing out your trips throughout the spring and summer seasons, I’d recommend keeping to your plans and carefully watching how oil prices change in the coming months. Additionally, this may be the right time to start buying oil in case of an unforeseen price jump.

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The Simple Addition that Keeps Your Engine Running Well

outboard motor oil

A key element to a smooth running boat is to purchase outboard motor oil that has additives in that will keep your engine clean and prevents wear and corrosion. Additives will also enhance the lubrication of the motor. Several brands such as Evinrude and Mercury sell oil that has said additives in them so as to make your boating experience one with a minimal amount of problems.

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Yamalube is More Than a Brand Name

YamalubeRecently I found that some of the motor oils I’ve been using have been more a detriment to my boat, often causing more problems eating more gas than anything else. Then someone recommended that I switch to Yamalube. Admittedly I was a bit reluctant, but I hedged on my feelings and tried it.

Let me say that I thought Yamalube would only work well with Yamaha engines. Those ill informed opinions aside, Yamalube made my boat run remarkably well. Riding on the water was a smooth go, which is not an easy feat by any means. It’s also quite affordable as I found a case of it for $83 online.

I thought it would take a huge arm twist to turn me into a convert, but all it really took in the end was a simple test drive and the ability to make my boat run well, as opposed to a gloried gondola.

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Escape the Crunch of Steep Oil Prices

Escape the Crunch of Steep Oil Prices

I think there’s this misconception that those of us who use boats recreationally have a pile of money buried beneath their mattress. I can’t say that I’ve ever had anything more than a stack of comic books and dirty laundry under my bed (when I was a kid), but I can tell you that a pile of money is something that I do not have.

Luckily, I can purchase a 16 gallon drum of Evinrude outboard motor oil for under $500 through domo-online.com. It’s a perfect buy for a budget-minded consumer and boat enthusiast such as myself. 16 gallons may not seem like much, but there’s realistically a few weeks out of the year that I can take my boat out, so it works out in the end.

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What is an outboard motor?

Outboard MotorMake your boating experience better with Evinrude Oil and much more!

Outboard motors for a boat are developed as a self-contained unit with engine, subsidiary systems, and propeller, designed to be mounted at the stern (rear) of the craft. They are the most common motorized method of propelling small watercraft.

As well as providing propulsion, outboards provide steering control, as they are designed to pivot over their mountings and thus control the orientation of the propeller. The transmission leg in the water also acts as a rudder even when the propeller is not providing power.

When boats are out of service or being drawn through shallow waters, outboard motors can also be tipped forward trimmed up over their mounts to elevate the propeller and transmission shaft out of the water to avoid accumulation of seaweed or hitting underwater hazards such as rocks.

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Keep America’s Waterway Safe

America's WaterwaysA message from the US Coast Guard and Discount Outboard Motor Oil

America’s Waterway Watch (AWW), a combined effort of the Coast Guard and its Reserve and Auxiliary components, continues to grow, enlisting the active participation of those who live, work or play around America’s waterfront areas. Coast Guard Reserve personnel concentrate on connecting with businesses and government agencies, while Auxiliarists focus on building AWW awareness among the recreational boating public.

If you are a tow boat operator, a recreational boater, a fisherman, a marina operator, or otherwise live, work or engage in recreational activities around America’s waterways, the United States Coast Guard wants your help in keeping these areas safe and secure. You can do this by participating in its America’s Waterway Watch (AWW) program, a nationwide initiative similar to the well known and successful Neighborhood Watch program that asks community members to report suspicious activities to local law enforcement agencies.

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Q&A With the US Coast Guard

Evinrude E-TecStay safe no matter which outboard motor, boat or outboard motor oil you use.

Can I use a bigger motor on my boat than what it’s rated for?

It is not a violation of Coast Guard regulations to install or use an engine larger than specified on the capacity label, but there may be state regulations prohibiting it, and restrictions from your own insurance company regarding this.

There are no Coast Guard regulations against exceeding the safe loading capacity, however, there may be State regulations or restrictions from your insurance company which prohibit this. There is a Coast Guard regulation that gives Coast Guard Boarding Officers the power to terminate the use of a boat (send it back to shore) if, in the judgment of the Boarding Officer, the boat is overloaded. There is no fine for this, unless the operator refuses the Boarding Officer’s order. We certainly hope that you will abide by the rating, as overloading may lead to capsizing or swamping of the boat.

NOTE: The Coast Guard Capacity Information label is required only on monohull boats less than 20′ in length. The label is not required on multi-hull boats, pontoon boats (catamarans), or on any sailboats, canoes, kayaks, or inflatable boats, regardless of length.

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An Alert from the US Coast Guard


Reduce emissions with high-efficiency Evinrude motors and Evinrude oil!

Carbon Monoxide Advisory (Generator Exhaust)

Coast Guard Advisory to Recreational Boaters on Carbon Monoxide Hazard Caused by Generator Exhaust
The Coast Guard advises owners and operators of boats to turn off gasoline-powered generators with transom exhaust ports when the swim platform on the stern is in use. The Coast Guard further advises that swimmers should not enter the cavity of a boat designed with a generator emitting exhaust into the cavity between the swim platform and the transom of the vessel. The Coast Guard is concerned about the serious health risk from carbon monoxide poisoning and seeks to prevent loss of life and personal injury.


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Mercury Quicksilver

Mercury Engine Oil Specifically formulated with a higher concentration marine additive package to meet the needs of:

  • High-horsepower outboard including direct fuel-injected engines in extreme marine operating conditions.
  • Far exceeds Mercury in-house test standards, which are more stringent than the industry’s TC-W3 standard.
  • Cleanest burning – reduces carbon build-up in exhaust system.
  • Superior lubrication.
  • Meets all outboard and personal watercraft manufacturers’ recommendations for use of TC-W2 and TC-W3 oils in pre-mix or oil-injected 2-cycle applications.
  • Provides warranty protection for Mercury, Mariner, Force and Sport Jet and M2 Jet Drive 2-cycle engines.
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The Yamalube Story

YamalubeOur number one goal in creating Yamalube is to ensure that you are getting the finest oil available for your Yamaha. Of course, no one oil is perfect for every application. That’s why Yamalube is available in the precise formula your Yamaha Engine needs.The Yamalube Story
When Yamaha started making engines the engineers followed the common practice of recommending “off-the-shelf” oils. Experience began showing that conventional oils didn’t always offer the level of protection against wear and tear the customer paid for. Unfortunately, that sometimes resulted in significantly shorter engine life. It became clear that our customers needed and deserved an exceptional oil product. The same engineering team began searching for lubricants that met Yamaha’s high standards. They insisted on the finest ingredients in precise formulations that would give dependable protection and enable the engine to deliver the high performance it was designed to give. This search eventually led to the development of our own premium oils – Yamalube.


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Evinrude MFE

Evinrude Multi-Fuel OutboardsMore technology from Evinrude, your outboard motor and outboard motor oil innovators.

High tech Evinrude® multi-fuel engines (MFE) that have powered U.S. military branches like the Marines and Navy SEALS, and the international defense industry, are now offered for sale to the general public through authorized BRP/Evinrude dealerships worldwide. Designed for flexible use of multiple fuels in harsh demanding mission applications, Evinrude MFE outboards are capable of running on kerosene, aviation fuels (JP-4, JP-5, JP-8, Jet-A and Jet-B), and standard gasoline. These fuels are available from commercial sources worldwide. The engine’s fuel selection can be changed with the simple flip of a switch, without compromising performance.


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What is better? An I/O, an inboard, or an outboard? What’s cheaper?

Outboard MotorThe best answer is… It depends. I/Os are the often the least expensive, and you have the advantage of having a realtively car like (simple) installation. You can get to the engine pretty easily in most boats. The disadvantages are that the outdrive can’t tilt clear of the water, so if you boat in saltwater the aluminum outdrive is always submerged and subject to corrosion. Also, the rubber bellows that encloses the drive shaft, as it comes out of the boat and into the outdrive is usually at least partly submerged. A hole, or tear, in it can sink the boat.


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