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If you plan to leave the major tasks to the dealership’s service center — a good idea, especially for beginner boaters — you’ll be surprised at just how easy basic outboard maintenance really is. If you recently bought a Bayliner boat with an outboard motor or if you’re thinking about buying one right now, it will come with a modern powerplant that, much like the engines in modern cars, require a fraction of the owner’s attention as compared to those of yesteryear. Simply address these three critical outboard maintenance steps, and you can leave the rest to the pros.
Ethanol deteriorates more quickly that regular gasoline, and can lead to all sorts of problems if it goes untreated. Also try to use the fuel in your boat within a few weeks, and if you don’t, add fuel stabilizer to prevent “phase separation,” where water contaminates the fuel. Also remember that 10-percent ethanol is the highest mix approved for use in outboards and be careful not to reach for an E15 pump if you get your fuel from a gas station on land.
This is especially important if you go boating in saltwater, but is a good practice even after use in freshwater lakes and rivers. A 10-minute flush from your garden hose will wash away particulate matter, mineral deposits, and other contaminants, and help keep your engine’s cooling system clean and corrosion-free. Bayliner boats are factory-rigged with Mercury outboards, so watch this Flushing an Outboard Motor video from Mercury to see how it’s done.
It’s absolutely critical to have the outboard’s powerhead and lower unit oils, filters, and spark plugs changed and/or inspected at the scheduled maintenance intervals. The water pump impeller also needs periodic inspection and eventually, replacement. Fortunately, your dealership can perform these tasks quickly, and in most cases, you won’t need to bring your boat in for service more than once a year. Specific maintenance schedules will vary from outboard to outboard, but generally call for service in yearly or 100-hour increments, whichever comes first. Since the average boater puts between 50 and 75 hours of operation on an engine annually, that means most of us can take the boat in for service once a year during the off-season to have that regularly scheduled maintenance performed.
On top of these critical outboard maintenance tips, you’ll also want to give that engine gentle washes and wax jobs, store it where it’s protected from the weather or keep it covered, and care for it as you would any major asset. Keep that outboard running strong and looking sharp, and you’ll be a happy boater until the day you sell it — which will hopefully be the day you buy your next Bayliner.
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