Periodically, do a thorough inspection, looking at things like the caulking seals between components. If you see any drying, cracking or gaps, have it taken care of immediately.
A lot of people just clean what they can see but forget places like in between cushions and underneath surfaces. Remove your cushions and clean behind them periodically.
For stainless steel components, mild soap and water also work well. Most glass cleaners are also safe and effective.
We recommend mild soap and water for general cleaning and advise against using detergents regularly. When using any cleaning product, rinse afterward with plain water.
When your boat is stored for the winter, unless your boat is shrink-wrapped, check periodically to make sure critters haven’t found their way inside. You don’t want any surprises come springtime.
How do I maintain my Mercury or MerCruiser engine?
The owner’s manual has a great deal of information about maintenance schedules. Get together with your dealer and arrange a schedule for taking care of needed procedures.
Before going out in your boat, perform an inspection and be sure to check the oil level. New generation Mercury outboards make this task easy with a service hatch on the top of the cowling.
Make sure you follow the manual’s recommendation for minimum gas octane; some Mercury engines require higher octane levels to deliver peak performance.
When cleaning your outboard or sterndrive’s lower unit, don’t use harsh cleaners, and avoid using a high-pressure sprayer. Also, avoid spraying water into the engine’s air intake.
If you operate your engine in saltwater or muddy water, flush it according to the procedure outlined in the owner’s manual. For outboards, remove the cowling, and gently rinse off the engine with an unpressurized garden hose, avoiding the air intake. Periodically, spray Corrosion Guard on metal surfaces.
It’s best to let the dealer handle the end-of-year winterization procedures and preventative maintenance.