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Quick Tip: Power Trim and Tilt - Trim Rod Lubricaton

If you have noticed that your motor makes some weird noises while trimming, it could be caused by the power trim rods not sliding smoothly across the thrust pads on the swivel bracket.

Why is my Steering Tight?

We've all dealt with tight steering due to corrosion, lack of maintenance, and old age.  But whats up when connecting a new steering system to a new motor and it binds in the tilt tube?  Check the boat's transom!

Quick Tip: Livewell Intake Screens

 

Many pump failures and valve leakage issues are due to bits of shells, fish scales, sand, and gravel that have been sucked into the system. Even though many of the systems have screw-on filter screens, the screen mesh is usually not fine enough to filter out the smaller, but still potentially damaging pieces of debris that can affect pumps and cause valves to not seal when closed.

Jason Eckman on Evinrude's New E-Tec G2 Outboards

by Rich Armstrong

Fort Lauderdale TODAY

Jason Eckman is the product marketing manager for the Marine Propulsion Systems division at BRP and has spent his entire career working in the marine industry.  He previously held positions of engineering project manager at BRP and engineering project manager at Regal Marine.  Eckman, 37, is a mechanical engineer with an MBA from the University of Florida.

He was part of the BRP team that this summer launched Evinrude's second-generation E-TEC G2 line of 2-stroke outboards. 

Winterizing Your Outboard - Draining Cooling Systems

As outboard motors have become more technically advanced, the cooling motors have become more complex.  In the old 2-stroke days, cooling systems were pretty basic.  Water pumped through passages in the block and cylinder heads, then it was dumped back into the river or ocean.

Catching and Cleaning Tasty Sea Bass

Anglers from Massachusetts to Florida can enjoy fishingfor sea bass from near shore waters to great distances offshore.  In the Mid-Atlantic, small black sea bass can be found in bays and tidal rivers, while larger specimens tend to make their homes in wrecks and artifical reefs from 50 to 100 feet deep.  In the winter months, sea bass of monster proportions (5-8 pounds) can be caught 50 miles offshore in over 200 feet of water.  Anglers occasionally catch sea bass while deep drop fishing for golden or blue line tilefish in water as deep as 650 feet.

"I hear a grinding noise when I shift gears"

"Find em don't grind em"

That grinding noise when you shift into forward or reverse is not a good sound.  Sure, some clunking is normal but the grinding before engagement can actually be damaging the clutch dog and gear lugs.  These lugs, once worn or rounded can lead to the lower jumping out of gear.  To save wear and tear on your gears make sure to shift quickly into gear.  Do not drag it slowly, and make sure the engine is idling at the correct RPM and your controls, cables, and linkages are all in good shape.

My boat sits on a boat lift and the propeller gets a white or grayish buildup on it. What is this and how can I prevent it?

This occurs mostly in saltwater environments but can sometimes occur in freshwater.  The buildup you are experiencing is most likely calcium or lime deposits left on the propeller after the water evaporates away.  In most cases these deposits can be rubbed off easily, sometimes even just with your fingernail.  If you experience this, try cleaning with a calcium lime & rust remover.  Remember to rinse the propeller thoroughly with soap and water after each use and keep a protective wax on the propeller to prevent further calcium buildup.

Bass Like Vibrating Jigs

Of all the lures Yamaha Pro Jeremy Starks normally stocks in his boat and truck, his supply of vibrating jigs always gets packed within easy reach.  They're not just his "go-to" lures if fishing gets tough, they're his "anytime, all the time" choice.

Clean Boating Tips: Petroleum Control

Petroleum in or on the water is harmful and, in some cases, fatal to aquatic life.  Floating petroleum is particularly bad because it reduces light penetration and the exchange of oxygen at the water's surface.  Floating oil also contaminates the microlayer.  The microlayer refers to the uppermost portion of the water column.  It is home to thousands of species of plants, animals, and microbes.  Ninety-nine percent of the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab larvae feed in the microlayer which also serves as a nursery ground for rockfish.  The abundance of life i

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