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Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

Monday, November 1st, 2010
Boating Homeland Security Rules
Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

As the U.S. Department of State recently issued a Travel Alert citing the possibility of European Terrorism, now is the perfect time to review your knowledge, and ensure you’re following security procedures when it comes to boating.

Naval Vessel Protection Zone

As part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Maritime Transportation Act that was introduced in 2006, it is illegal to pass within 100 yards of any U.S. Naval, cruise ship, or commercial vessel.  Within 500 yards of these vessels, your boat must be operated at minimum; both of these rules apply to vessels that are under way, docked, or anchored.  Violators of the 100 yard approach law could be charged with a Federal Felony Offense punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and six years in prison.

USCG Security Zones

Boating security zones have been established at high risk water locations including beneath bridges; near locks, dams, and cruise ship docks; power plants; along with chemical, oil, and fueling depots which includes any commercial port activity.  Under security zone regulations, you cannot anchor or dock near any of these areas as you’ll be in strict violation of USCG law.

Suspicious Boating Activity

When you’re operating an automobile, you have the duty to report an accident or potentially dangerous situation that develops on the road – the same applies to boating.  If you suspect suspicious boating activity, it’s your obligation as a responsible boater to report those actions to:

•    Local law enforcement at 911
•    USCG on Marine Channel 16
•    local port or marinaclick here to locate contact info
•    National Response Center 1-877-24WATCH

America’s Waterway Watch (AWW), advises boaters to remember that “people are not suspicious, behavior is.” 

Below are some scenarios which suggest attention is advisable:

  1. A boat not following general USCG navigation rules which could point to a Boater Under the Influence(BUI) or possibly a potential security risk
  2. A vessel that seems to be conducting surveillance of a security zone or one that is seemingly taken too many photographs
  3. Unattended vessels
  4. Vessels anchored in an unusual location
  5. Boaters who are diving in an unusual location
  6. Boaters tossing and retrieving articles from the water
  7. A vessel transferring cargo or people with another vessel
  8. A person running from a security zone that seems out of place

When boating, it’s important to also be aware of the current USCG Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels as designated by Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) as part of the Department of Homeland Security.  A Level 1 rating corresponds to HSAS Threat Condition Green, Blue, and Yellow; Level 2 to Threat Condition Orange; and Level 3 to Threat Condition Red.

Part of being an international boater is complying with local Customs and Immigration Regulations.  If you’re looking for this information about the Caribbean, Latin America, and northern South America, Seaworthy.com is a great reference source.

Sources:
U.S. Department of State
Suite 101
America’s Waterway Watch

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Police Boat by Thomas Brightbill

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Ocean Conservancy Takes the Lead

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup


Founded in 1972 in Washington, D.C., Ocean Conservancy’s mission is to create worldwide awareness about the plight of our oceans along with helping to institute change.

Since 70% of the earth is covered by water, Ocean Conservancy recognizes that the world’s oceans are the ‘life support system for our planet.’  As such, it’s important that we understand the sustainability of our oceans is linked to our survival as well.

Formerly called the Center for Marine Conservation, Ocean Conservancy has over 500,000 members and volunteers worldwide.  Current projects include involvement in fisheries and fish farming, protected marine areas, global warming in the Arctic, and spatial marine planning.

Ocean Conservancy is demanding a call to action through their ‘Start a Sea Change’ initiative which states that ‘it’s time’:

  • To stop global warming
  • To stop dumping trash in our oceans
  • For sustainable fishing
  • Set standards for fish farming
  • To save marine life
  • To protect our natural wonders under the sea
  • To maintain balance in our oceans
  • For cooperative and grass roots leadership

Ocean Conservancy also has a huge interest in reducing and changing the way we think about marine debris.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the garbage found in our oceans is one of the most insidious problems facing our oceans and world waterways today.

On September 25, 2010, volunteers from around the globe participated in 25th annual Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup with additional clean ups taking place into October.

Following the yearly cleanup, Ocean Conservancy gathers the data and produces an annual report, including their 2009 report entitled ‘A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can Do About It.’

The 2009 International Coastal Cleanup resulted in almost 500,000 volunteers collecting 7.4 million pounds of debris from the world’s waterways; the highest polluters of their shoreline by state are:

  • California with 1,664,501 pounds
  • Florida 409,116
  • North Carolina 527,278
  • Virginia 254,046
  • Texas 208,795

The report also listed the top marine debris polluters in the world by country: U.S with 3,945,855 items collected in total; 1,355,236 in the Philippines; 1,081,591 in Nigeria; 1,017,621 in Costa Rica; and 865,284 in Canada.

According to 2008 statistics, Ocean Conservancy lists cigarettes/cigarette filters as being the number one polluter of our oceans with just over 3.2 million of them having been retrieved during their 2008 Coastal Cleanup.  Plastic bags, food wrappers/containers, caps/lids, and plastic bottles round out the top five marine debris pollutants.

Ocean Conservancy has been heavily involved in the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill which has included providing relief, helping to restore beaches to their natural state, and lobbying for reform.

Besides offering a wealth of information, the Ocean Conservancy website features videos from their You Tube Channel, downloadable e-cards and ocean wallpaper.  There’s also form link enabling you to ‘Tell Congress: It’s Time to Stop Trashing Our Oceans!’ which encourages Congress to ‘reauthorize and strengthen’ the current NOAA Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act.

Sources:
Ocean Conservancy.org

A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can Do About it

The Encyclopedia of Earth

Ocean Conservancy Wikipedia

Tell Congress It’s Time to Stop Trashing Our Oceans

Flickr..com Photo Credit:

Center team Holds EcoSlo Coastal Clean-up Banner at Ocean’s Edge 2 of 2 19Sept2009. 2009 25th Anniversary Coastal Cleanup Field Trip to the Morro Bay, CA Sandspit by Mike Baird

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Where to Find Boat Captain Training Courses in Maryland

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Boat Captain Training Courses in Maryland

Boat Captain Training Courses in Maryland

When you’re looking for boat captain training courses in Maryland, a great resource for information is the marine directory website called CharterNet.com.  From their home page, choose schools and lessons, then on the country of your choice, in this case, the United States followed by Maryland, and you’ll be presented with a concise list of businesses and schools that provide boat captain training courses in Maryland and beyond.

A list of training providers for approved National Maritime Center (NMC) courses for all states can also be found on the United States Coast Guard (USCG) website which provides a monthly updated PDF file available for download.

But before we look at individual schools, let’s take a look at the general requirements for taking a boat captain training course in Maryland, or any other state.  An applicant must be at least 18 years of age, must provide detailed information on any past/present DUI/DWI alcohol or drug charges, felony arrest record, use of narcotics, and as to whether or not their driver’s license has ever been revoked or suspended.  Additional requirements for training include a physical examination, drug test, a first aid card/CPR certification, and a Social Security card along with photo identification.  You must also be able to prove that you have operated a vessel for one year with at least 3 months of that in the last 3 years.

The most common boat captain training is for a Charterboat Captain’s License officially known as an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV); the OUPV is sometimes referred to as the 6 Pack License or 6 Passenger license which allows a captain to operate a boat of up to 65’ with a gross limitation of 100 tons.  The OUPV training takes seven full days to complete; this can be followed by a two day upgrade to a Masters License which would then allow a captain to carry more than 6 passengers onboard a ship.

With thirty years of USCG licensing experience, 3B’s Captain School in Westminster, MD, provides a traveling school for those wishing to take boat captain training courses.   Advance registration is required; the tuition for the OUPV course is USD $795 which includes a study guide, all materials, charts and the Coast Guard test.  3B’s Captain School also allows unlimited retakes for a one year period.

Charter Captain Courses of Cambridge, MD, offers the 56-hour OUPV course for a fee of USD $900 with a 90% passing success rate.  A 24-hour upgrade course to the Master 100 Tons is also offered for a fee of $300.  The Community College of Baltimore County also offers OUPV boat captain licensing through day or evening instruction at a cost of $769 which include fees and tuition; Master’s upgrade training is also available for $269.

Choose wisely as some captain training schools, may not include additional fees such the Coast Guard fees of $100 for evaluation along with $45 for license issuance.  Once an OUPV license has been obtained, additional boat captain training courses in Maryland are available for commercial assistance towing, auxiliary sail which allows a captain to operate a sailboat with paying passengers, and a 4-hour course to obtain a marine radio operator’s permit.

Sources:
United States Coast Guard
3B’s Captains School.com
Charter Captain Courses
Community College of Baltimore County
CharterNet.com

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Marine Power Inboard Engine Company Review

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Marine Power, Inc. is headquartered in Ponchatoula, Louisiana and produces a diverse lineup of gas fueled inboard marine engines. The company is also a leader in JetBoat propulsion. 

MarinePower started in the 1950′s by producing engines for local shrimping skiffs. The company built it’s reputation in the commercial market by providing reliable engines to meet the demands of commercial fishing in tough environments. In 1984 the company was purchased by new owners whose goal was to expand the Marine Power name into the recreational boating market. The company produces engines for OEM manufacturers in the tow boat and jet boat industries. The company also offers several engine packages for easy and reliable inboard and stern drive repower applications.

The Marine Power engine lineup is based on the well known GM Vortec engines. The engine lineup consists of these models:

  • 2.4L 4-cylinder Vortec with multiport electronic fuel injection (MEFI)
  • 3.0L carburetor fueled 6-cylinder for inboard and stern drive repower
  • 4.3L Vortec V6 with carburetor or fuel injection options in repower packs
  • 5.7L Vortec V8 with MEFI, ski boat, jet boat and repower applications
  • 6.0L Vortec V8, MEFI for ski boat, jet boat and repower
  • 6.2L LS3 high performance V8 for ski and jet boat applications
  • 6.2L LSA supercharged V8, 530 hp. racing and high performance boating
  • 7.4L V8, classic Big Block, pre-Vortec GM engine
  • 8.1L Vortec Big Block V8 for jet boat and repower applications
  • 8.2L 502 cu. in. Chevy V8 for inboard and stern drive repower

Marine Power provides repower packages that allows boat owners to easily retrofit their boats with more modern Vortec engines providing all of the necessary parts for a complete replacement. To enhance the drivability of their engines MarinePower introduced Digital Throttle in 2006 and will be adding Digital Shift in 2010 after two years of testing.

Marine Power made a name for itself in the jet boat industry in the 1990′s.  

MarinePower has a 50 year history of providing reliable, high power engines to the commercial fishing industry, then moving into the recreational boating arena providing the same levels of performance. The company continues to work on technical innovations to keep their products at the forefront of the industry.  

Source: Marine Power












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Houseboat Rentals: Destinations & Options

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Houseboat rentals are a great idea for  families or groups of friends looking for a getaway vacation. Although there are many boaters who own a houseboat, houseboat renting is an adventure activity enjoyed by millions. If you are contemplating a houseboat rental vacation here are some considerations to consider and a quick listing of some of the most popular houseboating destinations.

A houseboat vacation can include slowly sightseeing around your selected lake or waterway. Anchoring in a cove or on a island and spending time swimming, jet-skiing, BBQing and enjoying a relaxing time with your friends and family. This great type of getaway is a little more about relaxation and having a good time and less focused on driving or navigating a boat. I found one rental company on the Mississippi River that offers dockside houseboat rentals where you can enjoy this laid back lifestyle and never leave the dock!

Although the first step is to pick the location for your houseboat rental, I will discuss some of the ins and outs of houseboats first. Rental houseboats range for 36 ft. models with room for six up to over 70 ft. with accommodations for 12. Amenities can include DVD and CD players, satellite TV and even a hot tub. According to AAA’s Via magazine, houseboat rental can cost from $1,500 to over $6,500 per week. Taxes and the fuel you use will be the major extra charges. Rates are usually highest in the summer and vary by location, size of boat and amenities. Spring and fall rates can be significantly less than peak season and rental companies may through in extras like free jet-ski rental or free gas.

A rental should be fully equipped including kitchen hard goods, linens, safety and boating equipment. The main categories of stuff you need to bring are clothing, food and beverages and sunscreen. Here are a couple of items from a writer’s personal experience I want to pass along:

  • Pack lightly: Those new to houseboating bring too much stuff. The houseboat will be well supplied and the renter just needs to bring food, a few clothes and bedding.
  • Bring toys: Time on the water is much more fun with a bunch of rafts or inner tubes.
  • Bring Ice: There is no such thing as too much ice, and also your favorite beverages.

For a complete listing of what should or may be included in a houseboat rental and what you should consider bringing on your vacation check out this Houseboat Rental FAQs from Houseboat Magazine.

Do not be worried about renting even if you have little or no boating experience. Each year, 25% or more of houseboat rentals are by first-timers. The rental company will provide a one to three hour training cruise to insure you can safely pilot your houseboat.

To get you even more excited about a boat rental vacation, here are some of the most popular locales to try houseboating:

  • The Florida Keys
  • California: Lake Shasta, Trinity Lakes and the Sacramento River Delta
  • Lake Powell, Utah and Lake Mead, Nevada on the Colorado River
  • The Mississippi River
  • Lake of the Ozarks
  • Kentucky Lake

Check them out and enjoy your houseboat vacation!

Sources: Houseboat Magazine, Via Magazine, houseboating.org

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Marine Fresh Water Pumps: Wide Range of Options

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Marine fresh water pumps come with a wide range of options, but choosing poorly could be a critical mistake.  Fresh water pumps distribute potable(fresh drinkable) water from your onboard water tank(s) to the the various sinks and showers where it is needed. The pump also provides outlet water pressure. If you want to replace or upgrade your marine fresh water pump ,the wide range of options can make selecting the appropriate pump a challenge. When selecting a new or replacement marine fresh water pump, there are a lot of options to consider.


Marine fresh water pumps can be of piston or diaphragm design and the goal is to provide smooth, consistent water pressure to the faucets and shower heads. A pneumatic bladder or accumulator tank may be included in the water system to provide instant pressure and even out the water flow.

Selecting a new pump is not an exact science. Start out with the flow rate of the existing pump. Going with a significantly higher flow rate may not neccesarily be the answer. Boat shower heads and faucets are of low flow designs and will give good water pressure on low flow rates. A high flow pump trying to push more water through low-flow fixtures will lead to pipe hammering, excessive pump cycling, pulsating water flows and temperature fluctuations. You can get an indication of the sufficiency of your pump by opening up a couple of faucets to check on how the pump is running. If the pump runs constantly and you do not have much pressure at the faucets, you could step up the pump flow rate. If the pump cycles on and off with several faucets open, the pump is pushing too much water. The goal is to have a pump that provides steady, usable pressure to the faucets without cycling on and off due to back pressure.

Power consumption can be an issue with marine fresh water pump use. Compare the amperage draw charts for the pumps you are considering to see how much power they draw at different water pressure rates. A pump that is cycling  a water flow that is too high is a serious power draw and can also cause other water flow issues. For safety reasons, only Marine UL listed pumps should be considered.  The pump shutoff switch should be protected from the elements.

A more expensive, but in the long term possibly more useful and satisfying, solution is to go with a variable speed drive or VSD pump. VSD pumps provide constant pressure instead of a specific flow rate. A VSD pump provides several benefits:

  • Eliminates the need for an accumulator tank.
  • Water pressure stays constant as faucets and shower heads are turned on and off.
  • Draws low amperage at low flows and speeds up as water demand increases.
  • Are self priming and will not be damaged if run dry.

Marine fresh water VSD pumps are available from Jabsco, the “Sensor Max” with a 3.5 gallon per minute flow rate. I also found a VSD pump from Flojet for use in recreational vehicles, but do not know if they are providing a marine rated model.

Sources: Marineengine.com, boatus.com boat tech

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Captains Cove Marinas

Friday, May 21st, 2010

This article is a continuation of our series on popular names for marinas. Local marinas tend to be just that, focused locally, but the widespread use of the Internet to find information leads to a little confusion when looking for information on your local marina and find there are a half-dozen spread throughout the country with the same name. Today we are going to visit the various Captains Cove marinas.

Captains Cove Marina on Lake Ray Hubbard is located within driving distance of Dallas, Texas. The marina is a full service facility including covered wet slips, dry storage, fuel, a store  and swimming pool. Lake Ray Hubbard is incorporated into the City of Dallas and provides boating and fishing activities to city residents. Captains Cove Marina is a Certified Clean Texas Marina.

Captains Cove of Henderson Harbor, New York provides a wide range of services to visitors. The resort provides a motel, cottages and boat charters as well as marina services. Henderson Harbor is on the Golden Crescent of Lake Ontario, considered one of the premier fishing destinations on the lake.

Captains Cove Marina of Port St. Joe, Florida is dedicated to helping fishermen discovering Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, the marina provides access to the excellent fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and a calm port during stormy weather. The marina provides docking, fuel, repairs and a large amount of indoor rack and outdoor boat storage.

Captains Cove Marina of Quincy, Massachusetts sits on Quincy Bay near Boston. The deep water marina is located in the Town River of Boston Harbor. The marina is full service and provides a large amount of guest dockage for boating visitors to the Boston area. This marina is a nice hub for exploring the museums and sites of local sailing history.

Captains Cove Marina of Delta, British Columbia, Canada is part of a growing, master planned residential community on the Frasier River in the community of Ladner. The marina is nine miles from the open ocean. The marina has 10 docks and can support boats from 28 to 60 ft.

Captains Cove Seaport on Blackrock Harbor in Bridgeport, Connecticut sports a wide range of activities, historical attractions and marina services. The marina has slip space for 350 boats including some transient slips. The Seaport also has charter boats, harbor cruises, restaurant, shopping and entertainment events during the season. There is even a heliport.


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MerCruiser Inboard Engines

Monday, May 3rd, 2010


MerCruiser is the inboard engine division of Mercury Marine. The division offers both gas and diesel powered inboard and sterndrive propulsion units.

Mercury Marine is a division of publicly traded Brunswick Corporation. The division generates more than $2 billion in sales and has over 6,200 employees. Mercury Marine headquarters is in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, with regional headquarters in Belgium and Australia. Mercury Marine began as the Kiekhaefer Corporation in Wisconsin, when Carl Kiekhaefer sought to design and produce the best possible boat engine. The company is 70 years old in 2009. In 1961 MerCruiser introduced the first production stern drive generating over 100 horsepower.

MerCruiser has a very broad product range broken into several different categories: engines and stern drive units, inboard engines, tow sports inboards and Cummins MerCruiser Diesel. The company builds its gas engines on the proven General Motors marine units but adds a lot of their own technology to set the MerCruiser power offerings apart. Here is a little about the different categories:

Engines and Sterndrives


For sterndrive applications MerCruiser offers both carburetor and fuel-injected models ranging from 135 hp, 4-cylinders to 430 hp. V8 Big Blocks, 13 different engines in all. The engines can be matched with over 20 sterndrive models in four major classifications. The different sterndrives can be set up as single, dual or triple drive units. MerCruiser has a sterndrive engine and drive setup for any boating application. The SeaCore sterndrive systems have extra corrosion resistance for salt water boating.

MerCruiser Inboard Lineups

The MerCruiser lineup of gas inboards consists of nine different small block and big block offerings. Horsepower rating go from 260 hp. for the 5.7L carbureted TKS model up to 425 hp. coming from the 8.2L H.O. The multiport fuel-injected models offer optional Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS).

Tow Sports Inboards: MerCruiser offers a lineup of small block V8 engines designed specifically for tow sports. These engines provide the power and torque when it is needed. The top of the line Black Scorpion tow engines have their own website at www.black-scorpion.com.

Cummins MerCruiser Diesel

MerCruiser has formed a joint venture with Cummins Diesel to provide state-of-the-art diesel propulsion systems. The partnership provides diesel powered inboard, sterndrive, pod drive, auxiliary power and genset systems. Inboard diesels are available up to 715 hp. Sterndrive systems provide up to 480 diesel ponies. The Zeus pod propulsion system is available with units producing up to 600 hp. The pod  system delivers up to 30% better fuel economy, 15% faster cruise speed and 15% faster top speed. Another unique offering from the Cummins MerCruiser team is the highly maneuverable Axius Sterndrive system. The joystick controlled Asius system allows boats to move sideways, at an angle or rotate in place.

As a part of the world’s largest marine engine company, MerCruiser has a very large portion of the inboard market covered. Inboards, sterndrive, pod systems, gas and diesel, the company covers the gamut for recreational boating. MerCruiser continues to develop innovative products like the Zeus and Axius drive systems. The company warranties MerCruiser products for up to 4 years on top of the line engines and drives.

Source: Mercury Marine

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Evinrude Boat Engine Manual Replacement Search

Monday, April 26th, 2010


Finding a replacement for your lost Evinrude boat engine manual is surprisingly easy. Or the manual for any outboard engine of the popular brands and recent vintage. I would like to provide some sources and things to watch for if you need an Evinrude boat engine manual or which ever make of outboard you want to maintain. There are different manuals available. The owner’s manual gives the basic care and maintenance as well as how to use the engine. The service manual gives detailed directions on making repairs and a parts manual will give the part number for every little piece of the engine. Make sure you know what level of help you are looking for before ordering an new manual.

First I checked the OEM websites. On the website of Evenrude and sister brand Johnson outboard engines you can find Operator’s Guides (owner’s manual), service manuals and parts manuals for outboard engines going back to 1997. English and French versions are available thanks to Canadian mother company Bombardier. From the Evinrude home page select parts & accessories, then literature in the new window.

I checked the Yamaha marine, Mercury outboards and Honda marine websites and the process was similar. The Honda site had manuals under the Owners tab or page. Honda also had free PDF download of the owner’s manuals. So if you need an owner’s or service manual and you have a late model outboard check the company website first, or just hop down to the dealer and order one. It is a good idea to know what the OEM thinks the price should be before you find out what your dealer wants to charge for that new service manual!

The Internet has good sources for service manuals for older and company no-longer-in-business outboard engines. Here are a few that I found to be informative and easy to navigate:

  • Ken Cook Company provides literature for 1996 and older Outboard Marine Corporation products. This would cover the model lines of Johnson, Evinrude, Gale and OMC.
  • Marineengine.com appears to be another good source for Johnson and Evinrude literature going back to 1917.
  • iboats.com or boatmotors.com has an extensive listing of service manuals available for the major and not-so-major outboard engine companies. They also have service manuals listed for sterndrive, inboard, and personal watercraft.

The bottom line is that the outboard and other marine engine manufacturers have made owner’s manuals, service manuals and parts manuals readily available and easy to get. And at reasonable prices outside of the occasional pricey parts manual. This is not the case for many other forms of transportation. So the search for the desired Evinrude boat engine manual should not take long!

Sources: Evinrude, Honda Marine, boatmotors.com,

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How to Repair Your Outboard Motor Water Pump

Monday, December 14th, 2009

We have gathered up several resources to help you learn how to repair your outboard motor water pump.

Water Pump Kits

Outboard water pump repair kits are relatively inexpensive and as long as you do your homework, learning how to repair your outboard motor water pump yourself could save you money.    Water pump kits are readily available from marine dealers and range from $55 to $100 depending on the make and model of your outboard motor.  A water pump kit generally consists of an upper and lower housing, wear plate, impeller, o-rings and gaskets, tube and seals.

How to Repair Your Outboard Motor Water Pump

How to Repair Your Outboard Motor Water Pump

Outboard Water Pump Repair Tutorials

HubPages features an article entitled ‘How to Repair an Outboard Water Pump’ by Johan Ramakers.  He offers an explanation as to why water pumps can have problems to begin with and follows with a set of eleven instructional steps on how to repair your outboard motor pump.

Michele F. Richardson is a Contributing Writer for eHow who offers her advice on ‘How to Fix an Outboard Motor Water Pump.’  She rates her ten step-by-step instructions as being moderately challenging and explains that “the life expectancy of the water pump on your outboard can be maximized by performing minor repairs on it as necessary.”

Outboard Repair Manuals and Handbooks

The ‘Outboard Motors Maintenance and Repair Manual’ by Jean-Luc Pallas is available for purchase at Amazon.com for USD $17.63 (or from $12.46 for a used copy).  This book also offers step-by-step instructions through the use of photographs along with detailed explanations of how an outboard motor works.

Amazon.com also features a more expensive book on the topic called ‘The Classic Outboard Motor Handbook’ by Peter Hunn which retails for $130.91 with used copies available from $63.41.  Another Amazon.com option is a book by author Don Casey entitled ‘This Old Boat, Second Edition: Completely Revised and Expanded’ which sells for $32.97 and provides information on basic boat repairs and functions.

Did you know you could search Marine Fuel .com’s marina directory by desired service, such as whether or not a facility offers repair services?  Simply become a Silver or Gold Member, and the Advanced Searching filters are yours to control!

Marine Engine Digest offers guidance through their article entitled ‘Do it Yourself Boat Repairs: Changing an Outboard Water Pump.’; while Associated Content has an article by Dr. Ed Warde called ‘Repairing the Water Pump on a Small Outboard Motor.’

There are a number of YouTube videos offering visual instructions as to how to repair your outboard motor water pump; these include a six-minute video by Jose Gonzalez who ‘shows you how to replace a pump on a Mercury 150 2-stroke outboard marine engine step by step’; Jamestown Distributors TV offers a four-minute video on ‘how to replace the pump on a 2005 Yamaha 25HP 4-stroke outboard motor’; while an eight-minute video is available on changing a Mercury water pump by a certified technician known as the Marine Doctor.

This resource information has provided choices for basic instructions on how to repair your outboard motor water pump.  Now, the decision is yours as to whether you choose to tackle this project on your own or if you’d rather take your engine to an authorized marine dealer for servicing.

Sources:
EBasicPower.com
HubPages
eHow
Amazon.com
Marine Engine Digest
YouTube
Associated Content

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