Boat Engines and Systems

Teleflex Steering: Maintenance

The drag link is to the right, and is attached by a nylon lock nut. After disconnecting that, remove the nut on the left side of the tilt tube to remove the cable from the engine. After cleaning and reassembly, use a fresh nylon lock nut.

In my blog from last week, I described how to replace an old worn out Teleflex steering cable for your outboard boat. This week, let's look at how to maintain … [Read more...]

Oil Changes Without the Mess: Use a Drain Hose

For about 25 dollars, an oil drain hose saves time and headaches, and makes for a better oil change.

I think the third used boat I ever bought came with one of those hoses that attached the drain plug on the oil pan and reached to the transom drain plug … [Read more...]

Teleflex Steering: Cable Replacement

The drag link is to the right and is attached by a nylon lock nut, after disconnecting that, remove the nut on the left side of the tilt tube to remove the cable  from the engine

I didn’t know much about Teleflex steering cables until I bought a 13-foot Boston Whaler with a 40-hp outboard for my teenage son a dozen years ago. … [Read more...]

Used Boat Engines: Mercury Certified Pre-Owned Program

Mercury's Four-Stroke series outboards are among the engines covered in their Certified Pre-Owned program.

Just recently I learned about a program from Mercury Marine that I bet not too many used-boat shoppers know about. Conditions would have to be just right … [Read more...]

Hose Clamps for Boats: Below the Waterline

The lowly hose clamp is one of the most important items on any boat. Pay close attention to clamps below the waterline when looking at a used boat.

You’re buying a new or used boat, and while inspecting the engine space and below the floorboards you’re pleased to see new hoses on the through-hulls: … [Read more...]

Change the Gear Oil in a Used Stern-Drive

The gear-to-gear mesh in a stern drive or in an outboard lower unit is as hard on a gear oil as you would expect. Shearing breaks down the oil, which means it should be one of the first things you change on a used boat you just bought.

One of the first things I do when I buy a used anything with an internal combustion engine is change the fluids. Engine oil goes first. Then the transmission … [Read more...]

Bleeding Boat Trailer Brakes: The Phoenix System

In the Phoenix System, fresh fluid is pumped in reverse up toward the master cylinder. Illustration credit: Phoenix Systems.

A buddy of mine called with a puzzling question. He had just bought a new-to-him boat, and the master cylinder on the surge-brake system on his trailer … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Bad Boat Fuel

For diesel-powered boats, an inline fuel-polishing module can prevent a lot of woes.

Going through the frustrating process of dealing with bad marine fuel? Be it diesel or gas, you’ll want to know how to start fresh and completely eliminate … [Read more...]

Boating Friendships: Above and Beyond

It's good to have a friend to help at the other end of a gnarly boat problem.

To the uninitiated, a weekend of boating seems like nothing more than a bunch of people out on the water, driving around and pulling people with ropes. … [Read more...]

Boat Propellers Simplified

Propellers are the most important pieces of the powertrain, but all the details about how and why they work could put you to sleep. In this case, a little less knowledge might be just the right amount. Photo courtesy of Mercury Marine.

I don’t know about you, but propellers have always mystified me. They still do. A lot of my boating buddies would swap one for another and back again, … [Read more...]



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