Cleaning up the Garage

88df21bb6bbb4b31fccc2a11a49c544d_zps22252821I like to start off every new year by cleaning out my garage for all the unnecessary junk that has accumulated to make room for more junk that I plan on buying.  It’s amazing to find out how much stuff I forgot I had.  I have shelves of unopened paint cans that the wife bought for the bedroom that she never got around to painting.

Every once and a while, I find something useful that I can use which is always a pleasant surprise.  I found some new wiper blades that I never installed on the truck.  I also found a full gallon of Evinrude XD50 oil that I left covered under a tarp.  That just saved me a trip to the store.

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Helping Out a Friend

James, a good friend of mine, has decided that after years of relying on mechanics to fix every little problem on his boat, he is ready to become an expert himself. I applaud his efforts to become a more knowledgeable boat owner. Every week or so since he made his resolution, he’s come by to have a chat with me about different questions.

This week he asked me a lot of questions regarding troubleshooting an Evinrude E-Tec outboard motor. What, he asked me, should I look for when the engine won’t start. The number one culprit, I replied, is not enough oil or fuel. Take a look at both levels and refresh if necessary.

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Best Light Show in Town

The cooler weather is making me nostalgic for summer. This past Independence Day was quite spectacular. Per tradition, the whole family stayed at my grandparents’ home on Long Beach Island. From the rooftop deck, we had the best view in town of the fireworks.

We could see the mainland’s fireworks show to one side and then simply swiveled our chairs to see the island’s fireworks display. Best of all, when it got really dark around, we watched the fireworks display over Atlantic City. The famed casino town goes all out, which is probably why all the boats cruised up the inter-coastal before nightfall to get a good spot to see the show. I’m betting a hefty chunk of those boat owners used Evinrude XD 50 oil in their engines.

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Being a Cranky, Old Dad

I can always tell when my kids want something because they’ll offer to help on the boat – a task they’re usually loathe to do. This time around it was my daughter offering to help me change out the Evinrude oil on the boat. I knew what was coming, but I agreed to let her lend a hand.

Sure enough, when we were half-way done she tried to casually ask me if she could host a Halloween boat party with some of her friends. Now, I’m not anti-Halloween, but a bunch of teenagers out on a boat at night is a bad idea in general, but with the potential for Halloween mischief could make it a downright dangerous idea. She was disappointed when I firmly told her “no,” but was somewhat appeased when I told her she could have a small get together at our house on Halloween – with her mother and I supervising, of course.

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Changing a Johnson Lower Unit Seal

The lower level of a Johnson outboard houses the water pump and propeller, among other important parts. Two seals keep the water out of the gears and keeps packed grease in, so if the seals become damaged in any way this can cause lots of problems. Therefore, when a seal is damaged it must be replaced.

Start by removing the cotter pin and then the propeller nut. Place the steering wheel puller over the propeller shaft, then lock the arms of the steering wheel puller and depress the bearing carrier off the gear case. Remove the damaged seal and pull out the old O-ring. Place the new seal into the bearing carrier and tap it into place with a mallet. Finally, spread grease on the seal. Don’t forget to replace the motor oil with Evinrude XD 50 oil!

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Reduce Outboard Smoke

At some point, every outboard motor smokes. To reduce the amount of smoke and the frequency in which it appears there are a few steps responsible boat owners can take. The first step is to add fresh fuel to the fuel tank.

The next step, and perhaps the most effective, is to change the motor’s oil. Replace old mineral oil with synthetic oil, like the Evinrude 2 cycle oil XD100. Synthetic oil runs cleaner, thus immediately reducing smoke. De-carbonizing the outboard motor also reduces the carbon build-up that causes smoking and poor performance.

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Tuna with Flavorful Salsa

If you enjoy foods with bright colors and bold flavors, then you’ve lucked out with today’s recipe for tuna with orange-pepper salsa. For this delectable dish you will need: 2 peeled and sliced navel oranges, 1 diced red bell pepper, ½ cup diced red onion, ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar, salt and ground pepper, vegetable oil, 4 tuna steaks, and 1 teaspoon ground coriander. To create the salsa, mix the oranges bell pepper, onion, mint and vinegar in a medium size bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Oil your grates and then turn the grill on high. Rub oil, coriander, salt and pepper into the tuna steaks. Cook the steaks until each side is browned on the edges, but still pink in the center. Remove the tuna steaks from the grill, place them on a plate, and top them with salsa. Before you head out to catch some tuna, be sure you’ve maintained your boat with Evinrude outboard oil.

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Keeping the Water Safe

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. Now we are fully into the summer season. Not surprisingly, boating accidents jump during the summer months. Officers were out in full force on the water this past weekend to keep boaters safe.

For instance, in Pinellas County, Florida, 45 boating accidents were reported last year. That’s down from 51 in 2008, but it still ranks pretty high statewide. To combat this statistic, officers inspected boats and passed out life jackets for people to borrow. Kids who wore their life vests were rewarded for following the rules. Part of water safety is making sure your boat is in good condition, so make sure to use Evinrude XD100 oil before heading out on the water.

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