Yamaha F115

If the Honda BF115 we reviewed yesterday is out of your price range, then you may want to check out the Yamaha F115. It costs $1370 less than the Honda BF115, while having nearly identical stats. According to a test done by Popular Mechanics, the Yamaha F115 is a hairsbreadth slower on acceleration, one to two decibels noisier, and consumes the same amount of fuel.

The Yamaha differs from the Honda in that it weighs only 407 lbs. and is far more compact. The 1.74-liter four stroke engine has a computerized multiport fuel injection system and a separate throttle valve for each intake runner, thus differentiating itself from the 1.6-liter F100 it was modeled upon. Though Yamaha has its own line of oil, I still recommend that you check out Evinrude XD 100 oil.

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Adjusting the Choke on a MerCruiser

To increase the gas entering your MerCruiser cylinders, you’ll need to adjust the engine’s choke. The choke enriches the air and gas mixture that enters the cylinders, thus making starting a MerCruiser engine an easier task. Of course, before you begin, you should check to make sure that your boat has plenty of gas and Evinrude 2 cycle oil XD100.

First, tilt the motor so the drive system is submerged and then open the tank vent. Shift into neutral and set the choke lever between full and half full. Place the throttle in the start position and rip the manual cord (or press the start button on an electric starter). Adjust the choke back into the off position as the engine warms.

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L.A. Dunton

The L.A. Dunton is a schooner housed at the Mystic Seaport Museum. It is of historical significance because it is one of only two remaining fishing schooners built at the A.D. Story Shipyard. The schooner was designed and built as a purely sail-powered vessel – one of the last of its kind. Later on in its life it was outfitted with an engine.

In 1963 the Mystic Seaport Museum acquired the boat and began restoring it. The first project involved returning the rig and stern to their original configurations. By 1985 the Dunton was returned almost completely to an authentic appearance. I find such watercrafts from our nation’s past absolutely fascinating; though, I’m content to have a motorboat that runs on fuel and Evinrude XD 100 oil.

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Teaching the Kids

Yesterday I mentioned that my kids had been bugging me to get the boat ready for spring. It’s not quite time to do that yet, but it did start me thinking about giving them additional boat responsibilities. My kids all have their boating licenses and over the years I’ve taught them boat maintenance skills (a requirement of mine for using the boat).

Since they’re so eager to get out on the water, when the time comes, I’m going to make them responsible for getting the boat ready from start to finish. They can even be responsible for purchasing the Evinrude XD 100 oil. Of course I’ll give them advice if they ask, but I think it’s about time that they prove that they don’t need to depend on me so much when it comes to the boat.

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False Hope

This weekend we experienced beautiful sunshiny weather. My children started babbling on about spring coming early. I just laughed and told them not to start breaking out their shorts and t-shirts quite yet. Weather in March and early April is notoriously hard to predict; one minute there may be sunshine and the next snow.

The kids didn’t listen to me at all. They tried to convince me to start getting my boat ready by going to the store to pick up some Evinrude XD100 oil. I resisted, of course. Today it’s chilly and pouring rain. Tomorrow we’re likely to have snow. A normal parent would be inclined to tell their kids “I told you so”… which I promptly did.

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When to Fish Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When is the best time catch trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? The answer varies depending on the skill level of the fisherman. Trout can be caught throughout the year as the rivers and streams do not freeze over. Anglers with less experience are more likely to find success in the spring.

Experienced fisherman looking for a challenge should test out the waters during the cooler fall and winter months. If anything, making a catch during the difficult months should be more rewarding. I haven’t tested out this location, but perhaps next year I’ll give it a go after I prep my boat with Evinrude 2 cycle oil XD100 and explore Lake Fontana.

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Response to FAQs

Every now and then I like to respond to some frequently asked question. A common question asked is: What oil should be used with a two-stroke engine? In terms of an Evinrude engine, Evinrude XD100 oil, XD30, and XD50 are recommended for models made after 1993.

Another question that is frequently posed is: What is the proper fuel to oil ratio for my motor? Generally speaking, motors made before 1958 require 20:1, motors made between 1959 and 1963 use 24:1, and motors from 1964 to the present use 50:1. Racing boats require a 25:1 ratio, as do new engine break-ins.

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Happy New Year

As we do every year, the family went down to the lake on New Year’s Eve. It was a bit nippy, but we made a campfire and toasted marshmallows for s’mores. The kids go back to school tomorrow, so it was a nice way to close out their winter vacation.

When it got close to midnight we set off fireworks on the shore (perfectly legal in our county with the proper permits). We sang a few songs and shared our resolutions for 2012. My son’s resolution surprised me the most; he wants to spend more time with me working on our boats. Not many teenagers want to go shopping for Evinrude XD 100 oil with their dad when there are videogames to be played! I sincerely hope that he’s serious about his resolution.

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Windy Winter Weather

Over the holidays I spent time with my family in the Seattle area. The surrounding area is technically a temperate rain forest, meaning it doesn’t get too hot or too cold and they get lots of rainfall. The Seattle area also doesn’t get a lot of snow, so there was no white Christmas for us.

We did, however, have a windy Christmas. The wind gusts were so forceful that the power got knocked out. It was pretty chilly so we went to the movies for some warmth and light while the power was being restored to the neighborhood. Next year I think I’ll spend Christmas in Florida where I can take my boat out, filled with Evinrude 2 cycle oil XD100, and not worry about the cold.

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Top 10 Ferry Boat Rides Worldwide ~ Hong Kong

Making its grand debut in 2008, the Star Ferry plays a vital role in the daily lives of the local commuters and tourists of Hong Kong. One of its busiest routes is the waterway that runs from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, which happens to be a popular path for tourists and commuters. In fact, National Geographic Traveler named the ferry crossing as one of the 50 places of a lifetime and the ferry ride is one of the world’s best-valued attractions for sightseeing trips.

In 2003 the Start Ferry launched the only licensed harbor tour. This one-hour journey begins in Tsimshatsui and travels to Central, Wanchai and Hunghom before returning to Tsimshatsui. These scenic points of interest allow tourists to admire fantastic views of the areas while enjoying a leisurely boat cruise.

I would expect such a fine-tuned vessel to use nothing but the very best, Evinrude XD 100 oil!

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Getting to Know Your Vessel

Last weekend I went out fishing with some old buddies on Elliott Bay in Puget Sound. One of the guys had just purchased new boat, so naturally I was intrigued about the vessel. The first thing I noticed was the Evinrude name plastered on the side of a large outboard motor, which is always a good sign.

As I began talking with him about the boat, it quickly became apparent that he didn’t have a solid understanding of boat maintenance. He’s a first time boat owner and had failed to even consider which type of outboard motor oil he was going to put in the engine. Over the course of the day I took every opportunity I could to bestow a few fundamental pointers on him. We’re going out again next weekend, so maybe I’ll show him how to do some simple maintenance in exchange for all the free beer he gave me the last couple of days.

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Evinrude Stays In Front of the Competition

The key to success in any industry is innovation, and when it comes to outboard motors, nobody knows this better than Evinrude. There are usually a myriad of maintenance costs innate in boat ownership, but Evinrude has worked to eliminate these. Evinrude E-Tec motors do not need maintenance for the first three years or 300 miles of normal recreational use, including Evinrude XD 100 oil, oil filter, and gear case lube changes.

The new product line of Evinrude E-Tec outboard engines are more lightweight than previous Evinrude models, start more easily, run more quietly, provide better fuel economy and lower emissions. They also use their own patented low-friction design, resulting in smooth power and performance. Once again, Evinrude has proven that innovation and technology development are paramount to staying ahead of the curve.

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