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Outboard Motor Tips by Jake Worthington It is getting near the end of winter and if you haven’t had you boat serviced for the upcoming spring fishing season, you need to put this at the top of your list. Outboard motors run best when they are run often. This may present a problem for some fisherman because when it gets cold, they park the boat and their season is over. Hopefully you used ethanol free fuel in your boat, and you also used fuel stabilizer. Gas that is sitting in a tank for several months untreated can start to break down or in the case of ethanol, the fuel and the water start to separate. This separation causes water to build up in the fuel tank which can cause damage to the outboard later in the season. Make your appointment early in the year with your outboard mechanic. The time before and after Christmas are usually good times because the mechanics are not as busy and can get right on your boat. Make sure you talk to your mechanic about any problems you may have been experiencing with your motor. Many outboards require 100 hour service intervals. Just remember these are recommendations and you may have to think about how much you use your boat during the year. Some fishermen may only put 75 hours on their boat in one year and they think they can wait till they get 100 hours before they get it serviced. What happens when your 100 hour service comes due right on the week of the 4th of July? I can tell you what will happen-- you will be on a long waiting list, and you may be without your boat for 2 to 3 weeks. Make the investment now and do your service work at the beginning of the season. During service, the mechanic will change your oil, filters and spark plugs. Have them also check your propeller, and if it is worn now can be the time to have it repaired and rebalanced. When they remove your propeller, they will also check to make sure no old fishing line is wrapped up inside the propeller. If there is, then you probably need your seals replaced. If not, you need to decide whether you want to be proactive and do it as part of an annual service- - just to be safe. This is the time when they can also change the lower unit oil, impellors, and water pumps. It may cost a little extra money to do it this way, but it can save you money in downtime and costly repairs. Some people may think it is overkill to do some or all of these suggestions. I look at it as protecting an investment, which is my outboard motor. Breakdowns on the water are highly inconvenient, dangerous, and can ruin a great day of fishing. Remember the old saying, “you can pay me now or you can pay me later”. Phone # : 252-338-7724 Have you ever dreamed of living on a boat? Now is the time to make that dream a reality. Up for sale is a 2000 Gibson Classic 44’ houseboat. “You are attacked, not for any errors or flaws, but for your virtues. You are denounced, not for any weaknesses, but for your strength.” The Ayn Rand Letter Albemarle Tradewinds March 2015 19