Outboard Motors Basics

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Boat Safety Checklist

Owning and operating a boat of any type or size is a lot of responsibility. From the time your craft enters the water or pulls away from the dock until it’s removed from the water or properly secured back at the dock, you’re responsible for ensuring the safety of your passengers and crew as well as complying with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing boating in the waters you’re navigating.  

To help ensure that you and your passengers can enjoy your time on the water safely, you should always go through a boat safety checklist prior to heading out.

EPA Compliance For Portable Fuel Components – What You Should Know

Effective January 1, 2011, the U.S. EPA began requiring that all portable fuel systems manufactured for use with gasoline-powered marine engines in the U.S. produce zero evaporative emissions.

What does that mean for you?

Why Consider a Propane Outboard?

In recent years, increasing environmental regulations have led to the development of cleaner burning gasoline-powered outboard motors. But, in terms of their environmental sustainability, nothing has revolutionized the outboard engine market like the advent of propane-fueled motors.

Propane outboards burn fuel 50 times – yes, you read that right, 50 times! – cleaner than even eco-friendly gasoline-powered outboards. They release very little in the way of greenhouse gases or toxic fumes. In fact, some propane-powered outboards have zero emissions!

EFI vs. a Standard 4-Stroke

When choosing a four-stroke outboard – depending on the horsepower range you need for your craft – one of the decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want an electronic fuel-injected (EFI) engine or a standard, carbureted four-stroke.

Selecting the Right Outboard for Your Boat

Boaters – and prospective boaters – invest considerable time in evaluating different types, makes and models of watercraft before purchasing a boat. But, when buying an outboard motor, do they take enough time to ensure they're getting the outboard that's best for their boat and leisure activities? Not always.

How to Clean Your Outboard Motor

Whether you use your outboard in saltwater, freshwater or both, it’s important to clean and maintain your outboard motor so that it will perform the way you want it to and provide you with many happy years of service.