Ask the Experts | Quick Boating Tips

courtesy of Boating Magazine

TIP ONE: Cracked Up
If you’ve had the same outboard engine for more than five or six years, it’s a good bet that you’ve had a fuel line leak in the motor well. That last 2′ of hose between the bilge and the outboard takes a constant beating from the sun, salt spray, and rain. As you run the boat or pump the ball, that hose is constantly flexing. Sooner or later, the fuel line’s surface will crack. When you first see a crack, a leak is just a season or two away. Don’t wait. Cut out the offending section of hose and replace it as soon as possible.

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TIP TWO: Bad Vibes
Over time, propellers get small chinks, burrs, and dings. You may not even notice the gradual change in how your boat runs. That’s too bad because a dinged prop increases vibrations in a boat, and those vibrations can contribute to any number of problems. Do yourself a huge favor — and save repair bills down the line — by replacing or reconditioning your prop. When is the time right? Cup four or five cotton balls lightly in your hand, and run them around the edge of each blade. If the prop is rough enough to grab a cotton ball out of your hand, it’s rough enough to cause vibrations, which means the time to fix it is now.

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9 Responses to Ask the Experts | Quick Boating Tips

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  2. Joe says:

    I need some help with getting my Nirto 18ft boat to plane out. I have a 150 mercury. The engine is a 2000. I can get it to plane out with 2 people and the live well empty on most days. When we fill the live well we have to have one person sitting in the front to get it to plane out. We fish in tourney’s and generally as the day goes on the worse it gets. During out last tourney we couldn’t get it to plane out at all once the live wells were filled. I have read a lot of posts related to the same issue, and there doesn’t seem to be a straight forward answer. I have a stainless steel prop. The pitch is 23. Need some recommendations. I don’t want to take it to a mechanic without understanding if there is anything i can do in the meantime. Any help is appreciated!!!

  3. Alan Reed says:

    1998 Mercruiser Vortec 5.7 aving trouble getting on plain. I put a new long block in begining of season. It gets up to 4800 rpm’s but won’t plain out. Someone told me it may not be timed properly.

  4. Andy Armistead says:

    I have a 1986 correct craft. i have just put a new 351 ford engine in. with a new intake manifold. Do I need a wedge under the carberate to level it out?

  5. AL says:

    I have a 2001 Yamaha 150 2 cycle outboard. When I last took it out it ran fine for a while then began breaking up and eventually stalled. The water separator had a pet-cock and I drained some water out of the filter. I got it started again. In my yard with a hose connected after changing the separator, it will start, Idles rough, and will jump from 700 RPM to 5000 RPM, without touching the throttle, then it comes back down to an idle and shuts off. Someone mentioned a “throttle sensor” on a newer 150, any idea what this problem could be ?

  6. joe says:

    I just purchased my first boat its a 2000 Johnson 90HP, my question is what is the ratio of cycle oil per gallons of fuel can anyone please tell me and would you also be able to tell me is it a two stroke or four stroke engine. Thanks for the help

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