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Generally, with average use (50 hours +/- 10), the
engine oil in an I/O, 4-stroke outboard, or PWC should
be changed annually. More use may require a mid-season
change, less use may warrant an every other year
Drive lubricants should be checked every fall and
spring. If, when checked, you find any trace of water
(bottom or fill plug) the fluid should be changed and
you should have a pressure / vacuum test performed on
the unit to determine where the water is entering. If
there is excessive sediment (dark and thick), you should
simply change the fluid. If checked and there is no
water and the lubricant is clean but low, simply top off
- (top or vent plug) add lubricant until full and leave
for the next season of use. IMPORTANT: Be sure and use
correct lubricant for your situation and fill using
proper methods to ensure the correct fill level. Call
with any questions, this is very important.
Check for water - Most boats have a fuel/water
separator filter installed that will trap water.
Carefully remove the filter-wrench required (place
towels under filter to absorb any drippings) , empty the
contents into a transparent container and see if there
is a separation of liquids. If yes, you have a water
problem - re-install old filter, cycle fuel pump or run
at idle for 30 second intervals (with the bow up if
possible) and repeat procedure until no water is visible
in the cup then install new filter (full of fresh fuel).
If no, seek professional assistance for potential
difficulty with your pump(s), additional filters, or
Any boat covered with any material or parked in any
building without the proper ventilation will result in
mold and mildew as a result of moisture and inadequate
air flow (or venting). Wrapping a boat without vents is
no different than throwing a tarp over it or putting it
into any structure including any $35 per foot storage
building that is not ventilated. Mold and mildew is a
product of moisture and the lack of air movement.
Wrapping a boat with the proper vents will yield the
same result as storage in any properly vented building.
We have been wrapping boats for 16 years and have had no
trouble with any boat that was properly vented.