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Marine Engines Need Special Care

Apr 11, 2008
If you are planning on becoming a boat owner, there are many factors to consider, not the least of which is engine type. There are several types from which to pick, depending on the size of your boat, the frequency of its use, and the place in which it will sail.

Deciding between gasoline and diesel is one option. If your boat will see regular use, you may want to go with diesel. Diesel provides extra power, although it is not offered on most powerboats. You will need to go out in it often, because rust is a hazard in diesels which sit idle.

Gasoline engines are less expensive, and fuel is more commonly available. Gasoline powered marine engines can sit for long periods without seeing any use. Out on the water, gasoline engines are particularly responsive to the throttle, providing extensive speed bursts when you need them.

Probably the three most widely recognized types of motors are inboard, outboard, and stern drive. The latter is the most popular, especially for pleasure boats. The stern drive employs an inboard motor. Power goes through a shaft in the bottom of the boat to power the propeller, which is located beneath. These engines offer a great deal of horse power!

Those purchasing boats should know beforehand that there is a lot of care demanded to make sure your boat stays in great condition. With all their exposure to water and the grime it carries, carelessness with marine engines can be deadly. Conscientious maintenance should be practiced diligently.

Careful winterization is vital. It can be time consuming, but when taking the boat out in spring, you will appreciate it! Depending on whether you have an inboard, outboard, or stern drive motor, the winterization duties vary. For the first two, the engine must be flushed with clear water. For any boat, filling the fuel tank to capacity will deter condensation. Adding a fuel stabilizer is good, too. Water should be drained, faucets turned off, and antifreeze added. These are just some of the many tasks that will be required before you store your boat.

If you are up to the challenge of taking care of a boat, you are in for an incomparable experience. You will find that few things are more exciting than being the "captain of your own ship!"
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For all the useful news and tips about caring for marines engines, be sure to spend some time on a reputable boating site.
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