Posted by admin on 16th March 2013
The world of boat motors, to the uninitiated, can be a confusing place. Boat ownership doesn’t come easy to those unfamiliar with the most basic concepts, so the staff here at Used Boat Motors have put together a short starter guide to the different general types of boat motors.
First, we’ll look at outboard motors. These are the most common boat motors used on smaller craft. All ‘outboard’ means is that the motor is visible, and attached to the outside of the boat. Outboards motors come in two-stroke and four-stroke varieties. There are several differences between the two types, but to keep it simple, we’ll just say that the 4-stroke engines typically run quieter, and tend to be more complicated and more expensive.
Since we’ve covered outboard, next up is inboard. As you can probably guess, inboard motors are internal, and aren’t visible from outside the boat. They will usually be found on larger craft, and can come in a few different varieties as well, most notably gasoline or diesel powered. Gasoline runs quieter and requires less maintenance, but the diesel powered engine provides more torque.
Inboard/outboard motors are, as the name suggests, a combination of the other two types. The engine itself is housed inside the boat, and shaft with a propeller or two protrudes from the rear of the watercraft. These engine types also come in gas and diesel, but both fuels provide similar performance.
Lastly, there are jet drives. Like you see on most jet skis, not to mention what gives them their name, a jet motor shoots pressurized water from a spout on the rear of the vehicle, pushing it along the water. These engines are widely regarded as more safe for humans and marine life, as there aren’t any whirling metal propellers. That being said, the water jet can still cause damage, so it would be best to avoid coming into contact with the pressurized spray.
Posted by admin on 14th March 2013
Boating can be a difficult habit to support. It certainly isn’t cheap to keep a boat and trailer in good working order. The staff here at Used Boat Motors wants to encourage people to take advantage of any help available in lightening that burden, so we’re publicly thanking boat owners in Louisiana for attending the ecotourism workshop that was held at the Stella Plantation in Braithwaite. We also send our appreciation to the Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, for sponsoring the event.
The workshop, which was targeted at people that already own boats and have a familiarity with their environment, was focused on ways to earn additional income through ecotourism.
That was a pretty good deal, as the workshop was targeted at groups of people that typically struggle financially. With the current crop of reality television shows that focus on a more rural lifestyle, such as Swamp People, already making people want to get out and experience the way different people live, the ecotourism industry is booming. The workshop helped get people prepared to host their own ‘reality’ experiences for tourists that want to try something different.
The workshop was held on March 12, from 8am to 3pm. Topics included earning money from natural resources, making a business plan, and the legal implications of liability, among others.
We here at Used Boat Motors hope to see other workshops of this type in the future, as ecotourism becomes a larger and larger segment of the vacationer’s activities
Posted by admin on 14th March 2013
We at Used Boat Motors want to take a minute here to congratulate a couple of people that have made the lives of many a boater much easier and safer. Sea Tow International, which serves as a kind of AAA service for the water, has helped out many recreational boaters over their 30 year career, and we just want to say thanks.
Sea Tow Services International was founded in 1983 by Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and his wife, Georgia, after the United States Coast Guard privatized non-emergency distress calls. Today, Sea Tow employs over 700 captains, spread throughout over 100 locations worldwide. They’re ready to help with any near emergency, from bringing out additional fuel, to a jump start, to even a tow back to shore. If you’re ever in need on the water, you’ll be thankful they’re out there.
So once again, to Joe and Georgia Frohnhoefer, here’s to a great thirty years, and many more to come!
Posted by admin on 8th March 2013
Buying a used boat motor can be a risky proposition. There are a number of things to look out for, and there are a lot of questions to ask, other than ‘does it run?’ We here at Used Boat Motors want to help you get the most for your money, so we whipped up a short checklist to go down when inspecting a motor that you’re thinking about buying.
First off, make sure it runs. It shouldn’t be too loud, and there shouldn’t be any metallic clanking. There will be some exhaust, just make certain that it’s white or grey. Black smoke can mean a couple of different things, but they’re all bad, so either get a significant price drop, or pick another motor.
After running the engine, turn it off and inspect it. Look closely at the fuel lines, they can become cracked or suffer dry rot. Also look at the clamps and fitting on the fuel lines. The fittings need to be securely fastened and not leaking, and the clamps shouldn’t be rusting, or have any other corrosion. Check the primer bulb, it can also crack and rot. Make sure it’s pliable, and functions properly.
The last few things that need to be checked are the fuel tank, the vent on the tank, and the fuel itself. You’re looking for corrosion or cracks in the fuel tank, proper airflow from the vent, and water in the fuel itself.
If, after the inspection, everything appears to be in good shape, or the seller has negotiated the price down for any discrepancies, the motor can be purchased with confidence.
Posted by admin on 7th March 2013
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