Boat Enthusiasts And Yamaha Outboard Oil

2013-Yamaha-F4-F5-F6-EU-NA-Action-005According to a report released by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation in 2010, more than twenty million people in the United States own a boat, which constitutes as 7.3 percent of Americans over the age of sixteen. In addition to this, they said that in the year 2009, more than fifty million participants went boating. Cruising and fishing were determined to be the most popular boat-related activities.

One last interesting piece of information that they released was that ten million outdoor enthusiasts were currently considering boat ownership. With that many people out there looking to buy a boat, one hopes that they are making sure to stay informed regarding proper boat maintenance, perhaps with Yamaha outboard oil or another type of motor oil.

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Making a Boating Gift Basket

My daughter recently bought a boat; I’d been taking her out on my own boat since she was a little girl so I was proud to see her following in her father’s footsteps. I decided that, for Christmas, I would purchase some boat accessories and things like that for her that she would probably need for her new boat.

For instance, I picked up a few bottles of outboard oil to add to a big boating gift basket that I was going to give to her. The gift basket I put together also included some supplies that could be used for cleaning her boat, as well as a few other useful maintenance items. I think she’ll really appreciate her gift and she’ll be able to make immediate good use out of it as well.

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Yearly Fishing Trip

My buddy and I are big fans of going fishing. Every year, during the summer, we plan a big fishing trip. Both of us have boats and we use them all the time, but we have one weekend during the summer where we find a new, interesting place to fish and we take one of our boats out there to go check it out.

It was his turn this year to be the one taking us out. We went to a lake a few hours from where I live where there were apparently some great fishing spots. It was a really fun trip. I purchased a bottle of Evinrude Johnson 2 stroke outboard oil and I told him that I’d take us out on my boat next time.

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Bad Driver

It is unbelievable how many cars my friend has wrecked. He doesn’t drink and drive or anything like that, but he constantly overshoots what he can do on the road and winds up doing something really stupid to annihilate his car. It doesn’t help him that he has done this so frequently that he can’t purchase nice cars, so he’s trying to operate really poorly-made, cheap used cars as if they were brand-new sports cars.

Most recently, it was revealed to me that the court fumbled up and lost his records completely, which is how he’s managed to not get his license revoked completely. He told me the other day he was looking into getting a new car. I handed him a bottle of two cycle outboard oil and told him, “You’re better off buying a boat.”

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Boating in Tennessee

I can personally testify to the quality of boating in Tennessee. My brother-in-law and his family live in Lexington, Kentucky, and we often trailer his boat and go down to Tennessee. He goes there so often that he has a good relationship with a local shop owner who gives him a deal on outboard oil.

On our frequent trips to Tennessee we’ve spent time exploring the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers. Those rivers run through the four biggest cities in the state, so you get a pretty good lay of the land and culture. Plus, with 32 major reservoirs and 300 marine events each year, you get to meet up with a lot of other boating enthusiasts and trade stories.

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Brotherly Bonding

Bonding with my brother-in-law was difficult, at first. He has an outspoken, confrontational personality which I find abrasive. Since getting married and having children he’s mellowed out a bit, but for several years I restricted my interaction with him.

At one family event he and I struck up a conversation about boating. He had just moved to a riverfront property and was asking for advice on what outboard motors he should be looking at. The conversation went so smoothly that I wound up agreeing to go shopping with him for a boat and Yamaha outboard oil! The trip to the store went well; although, I don’t think we’ll be taking joint vacations together any time soon.

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Kick Off Party

In two weeks time, my family and I will be having a small spring kick off party. Yes, I realize that spring will already have been around for about a month, but in my experience, you can still get snow in March. Thus, I want to wait until I’m sure that the snowy season has passed us by.

A few family friends will be joining us at a nearby lake for a day of boating and barbecuing. I’m not a big party planner, so my only responsibility will be to get the boat ready by replacing the outboard oil. I’m sure I’ll be suckered into grilling, too, but for now I’m keeping my mouth shut so I don’t get dragged into any more party preparations.

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Replacing Floats

Last weekend I helped a friend troubleshoot some issues he was having with his older 65hp Mercury outboard motor. Whenever he pumped the bulb to get the fuel lines filled with gas, the gas started spraying out of both carburetors. Too much pressure seemed to be reaching the carburetors in the float bowl.

We took apart the fuel pump and did not find any holes. After some more inspecting we concluded that it was probably time to replace the old cork floats with new plastic floats. We did that, put the parts back together, filled it up with fuel and Mercury outboard oil, and then gave it a go. The new floats seemed to do the trick!

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Winterizing a Boat Part I

This past weekend I took the family out to the lake for the last time this summer. The kids are back in school and my wife and I have work, so their just won’t be as much time or good weather to take the boat out. This upcoming weekend I plan on winterizing the boat.

The first thing I’ll do is thoroughly wash and clean the entire boat. I’ll make sure to leave the storage bins open so they don’t collect moisture and mold over during the off-season. Once the boat is completely cleansed, I’ll make a list of repairs that need to be taken care of before the boat is taken out again next season. Tomorrow I’ll address what to do with outboard motor oil.

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Changing Oil on a Yamaha 225 hp

What’s great about the Yamaha 225 hp four-stroke is that you only have to change the oil in the gear case. The oil injection system mixes the oil and gasoline precisely, so you don’t have to worry about getting the right ratio. The only drawback to the 225 hp is that you have to tilt the motor to drain the oil from the front rather than the bottom like most motors. Still, the process is not too difficult so long as you know what you’re doing and have Yamaha outboard oil on hand.

Start by tilting the motor up so the oil drain plug is the lowest point. Place a drain pan under the drain plug. Next, you will need to remove the nut and bolt holding the cooling water inlet covers, the magnetized drain plug, and the oil level plug. Let the oil drain out and then tilt the motor down and replace the oil. Place all of the covers and parts back on and you’ll be good to go!

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Checking Yamaha Outboard Oil Levels

All owners of Yamaha outboards should learn how to check oil. Depending on the tachometer your engine uses, the oil level indicator could be digital or analog. Look to see if all three blocks (digital) or all three lights (analog) are glowing green. This indicates that there is plenty of oil in the main and reserve tanks.

If you see a yellow light, then you need to add more Yamaha outboard oil. On yellow, your engine oil tank may be full, but chances are your reserve is empty. You don’t ever want your tachometer to flash red; that indicates a fill-up is needed immediately. To ward off accidents, make sure to bring extra oil on long excursions.

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Beginners Guide to Outboard Motors Part 1

Maximizing your mobility and getting the most out of your boating experience should be everyone’s goal. The problem is how do you get there? It’s not like anyone decides they’re going to dislike their time on the water, it’s just that so many people don’t know how to get the most out of it. Stick steering for your outboard motor is one affordable strategy you can use to make your boating experience more fun than ever before.

By eliminating the need to sit directly in front of the motor as you steer, stick steering allows you to change the motor’s position from a distance. That means that you can now steer the boat from the front of the craft, the way it’s supposed to be done. When the stick is moved a drum is rotated and the motor shifts its position accordingly. They’re relatively easy to install and can be purchased for under $500. Without having to fork over the cash for an independent steering system this is a great way to get more from your outboard motor.

And for Evinrude owners, stock up on Evinrude XD100 oil and make your motor last.

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