When you’re out on the water, an outboard engine can really solidify your enjoyable experience and lead to enjoying smooth waters. Many boat owners opt for an outboard engine thanks to its high speeds, low cost, and easy maintenance—but as is the case with all equipment related to boating, there is some care and know-how that is involved. If you’re new to owning a vessel equipped with an outboard engine, or you just want to brush up on some critical facts, read on below to learn a thing or two.
1. What Kind of Outboard Do You Have?
There are two types of outboard engines on the market: 2-strokes and 4-strokes. With the 2-stroke, it will lubricate within the fuel-oil mixture, whereas 4-strokes lubricate all of the engine parts through oil that is pumped through engine passages, much like an automobile functions. 2-stroke engine technology has certainly increased in recent history but 4-stroke engines tend to be more common thanks to their fuel efficiency and reliability.
2. Maintenance Matters
Engine parts are delicate enough as is, but that’s even more so the case in marine environments. Saltwater is corrosive and can start to cut down on many of your boat’s parts if you don’t properly maintain everything. Be sure to follow your recommended maintenance and service intervals—these are standards developed by mechanical engineers who really understand what goes on behind the engine.
3. After Use Checklist
After you get back from an outing, there are a few things you should do. Remember to flush the cooling passages of your engine to promote longer engine life. This prevents salt deposits from building up. To flush your engine, try using a set of ear muffs, a motor flushing attachment, that can be slipped into the lower part of the engine and aid in flushing everything out.
Reach Out to Tidewater Today!
If you’re in the greater Baltimore area and are in need of boat services, contact Tidewater Yacht Service at 410-625-4992 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our location is at 321 East Cromwell Street Baltimore, MD 21230. Get in touch with us today! Whether you need hauling, systems repaired, or storage, we have the experience and expertise to help. We’ve been providing our services to the Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and know how to properly handle your vessel with care.