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Don’t risk costly repairs and headaches this season – Read the total motor maintenance guide now
“Take care of your motor and your motor will take care of you.”
These wise words, spoken by my father after I’d finally saved enough for my first fishing boat, still ring true.
Here’s the deal.
These days, Yamaha outboard motors have become remarkably reliable. A well-maintained motor will easily provide many hours of issue-free enjoyment. If we remember that the average boater adds only 100 hours a year to his motor, it’s easy to see how many motors can outlive their owners.
But there’s a catch.
While this makes boat owners proud, it makes it easy to forget about seasonal maintenance. Since it’s that time of year again, today we’re talking about nine essential annual maintenance tips to keep your Yamaha outboard motor running at its peak and guarantee it’s the longest life.
This way, your whole season will be nothing but a joyride.
#1 Inspect the Cowling
The cowling is the casing that protects the outboard powerhead from water intrusion. It also has baffled intakes that let air enter while releasing any unwanted water that finds its way in. To ensure everything inside is secure and working properly, it’s important to check the latches and the gasket at the beginning of every new boating season.
Every new year of boating means new spark plugs. For the “do it yourself -ers” spark plugs should be removed and inspected to check electrode to ensure there is no erosion of the electrode and that the spark plug is removable and not frozen in block. Regardless, spark plugs should be replaced every 100 hour or every year, whichever comes first.
Check for arcing by starting the motor in a dark space with the cowl removed. If you see blue flashes, that means the current is escaping and grounding to the motor.
#3 Service the Anodes
Anodes, also known as zincs, are made of sacrificial metal, meaning they prevent corrosion and deterioration to other metals on your Yamaha outboard motor. Because outboard engines operate at high temperatures, galvanic corrosion can spread quickly from both the internal and external anodes.
Why does this matter?
If unattended, this corrosion will attack the engine and eat it away. This means it’s absolutely crucial to clean or replace all anodes each year.
Boaters who operate in salty, brackish water are particularly prone to external anode corrosion. To service the external anodes, remove them first. Apply sandpaper or a wire brush to the metal, clearing away any accumulated gunk. If 30% or more of the anode has been eaten away, replace it.
That’s not all.
Internal anodes protect the engine block, heads, and exhaust from corrosion, yet often get overlooked. To service the internal anodes, remove the outboard cowl. Depending upon your model, look for between 2-6 interior anodes. Clean them with a wire brush or sandpaper, replacing any that are badly corroded.
Pro Tip: Never paint over internal or external anodes. This renders them useless and allows corrosion to attack the outboard motor freely.
Every 100 hours or annually, whichever comes first, you should change the oil in your Yamaha outboard motor. In preparation for the end of the season, many boaters will change the oil and then let it sit for the winter. You don’t want to do this, as it can lead to condensed moisture gathering over time.
Instead, change at the beginning of the season to flush whatever’s collected during the winter. Changing engine oil and oil filter with Yamaha engine oil as well as a Yamaha filter is the way to ensure the longevity of your motor.
#5 Service the Water Pump
The water pump is the heart of your Yamaha outboard motor’s cooling system. The flexible rubber impeller, located inside the shaft housing at the top of the lower unit, is what requires maintenance.
Driven by the motor’s output shaft, it acts as a propeller to push water throughout the cooling system. The impeller vanes that circulate the cold water must make a watertight seal against the inside of the pump to work.
But impeller vanes become stiff and dry with age, especially if the motor is used infrequently. Even if your motor sees a lot of hours, the impeller vanes may be worn or damaged. When the vanes become ineffective, the cooling system pressure drops and this leads to overheating.
If you do not see water coming from the overboard water indicator, it’s a sure sign that the pressure is low and something in the cooling system is malfunctioning. If neglected, you may not notice until the pump fails and the motor overheats, which could cause significant damage. Replace the impeller to avoid any hassles and protect the motor.
Look at the pump housing too, as it may have been scored by sand and debris.
Fuel is a major maintenance point for boaters for several reasons.
First, your gasoline degrades as it sits. Octane levels can drop by 2 points in a matter of months, especially in humid climates. This is problematic when running on low octane gasoline or gasoline containing ethanol.
Yamaha outboard engines are engineered to run off a minimum of 87 octane, but today REC 90 is what is preferred. Lower octane fuel creates issues with pre-ignition and detonation in the cylinders, meaning you lose power — but also that pistons rattle and finally break.
One way to overcome this issue is by not allowing your gasoline to become old or stale. If so, it needs to be removed from your fuel tank and disposed of properly and fresh REC 90 gasoline added. As far as fuel additives go, we recommend Yamaha fuel conditioner/Ring Free.
Ethanol fuel should be avoided at all costs since it attracts water and corrodes aluminum gas tanks.
I can’t emphasize this enough.
Be sure to refuel your motor before your next trip, not after. Why? Water builds up in the fuel tank as it sits, as every boat has an open fuel vent system. Whether or not you’ve just filled up, moisture will still accumulate.
If you fill up the day of the trip, you’ll get fresh fuel with higher octane to mix with the old. Keeping your motor running on high octane gas keeps the engine running better, for longer.
The lower unit of your Yamaha outboard engine is like the transmission for your car: the lower unit lube needs to be changed every 100 hours or annually, whichever comes first. The engine moves power through the vertical drive shaft to the lower unit, where you find the water pump, anti-ventilation plate, and propeller.
This is where the forward and reverse gears work as well. You can avoid lots of issues and by consistently replacing the lower unit oil. Even more frequently than recommended. It is cheap insurance.
There’s less than a cup of gear oil in the lower unit. Ask your local Yamaha specialist or consult your owner’s manual to check the recommended interval. Check the level of oil at the upper plug, but also check the lower plug as well, noting its color after a long season of sitting.
If the oil looks milky, there’s water leaking into the lower unit from a faulty seal. Do not use the engine if your lower unit oil is milky, the lower unit could be severely damaged.
Your propeller is what delivers power to the water. For maximum performance, make sure your propeller is tip-top before heading back into the water.
Start by checking the blades for damage such as cracks and dents. A blade that’s bent from impacting a soft bottom is harder to spot, and the odd vibration it creates will be the only giveaway that you’re out of balance and not pitched right.
While the prop is removed for inspection, check for any fishing line that may have wrapped around the prop shaft seal. When line melts, it can destroy the seal and allow water into the gear case.
Older propellers will often have issues with the rubber hub cushion. Like any rubbery material, this gets dry and hard with age. The acidity and heat coming from the exhaust are a double-whammy.
When the hub material dries out, the bond between hub splines and barrel prop will fail, meaning the prop shaft is disconnected from the prop. Replace the rubber hub cushion or the propeller itself when you see cracks and the rubber feel hard.
The hydraulic steering system directs the thrust, delivering superb control even at low speeds. Before taking your boat out of storage this season, check the valves in the system to eliminate any feedback, making the task of steering easier and more precise.
Look at the steering system fluid level and bleed the lines if your steering has become sloppy. When air gets into the system, the quality of control on the water diminishes. Check for hydraulic fluid leaks around the helm, hose connectors, actuators and if you find any, bring your engine in for service to your local Yamaha dealer before hitting the water again.
The Last Word
Before you boat, this year, don’t overlook the maintenance of your Yamaha outboard engine. Boating season maintenance slip past many boat owners, but these oversights can lead to costly repairs and headaches both on and off the water.
Avoid the hassles by paying your trusty engine a bit of attention before breaking it out of storage. Investing just a bit of time and energy on maintenance is the surefire way to guarantee years of high-performance boating.
Use this guide to catch your limit and catch ‘em big
As a kid, my parents bought me Encyclopedia Britannica’s Complete Guide to Fishing. Inside was everything a young fisherman could ever want to know.
It included the fundamentals, an exhaustive list of fish species, casting techniques, types of bait, and how to fish in certain habitats.
As a Florida native, I was naturally drawn to the pages that detailed what I’d find in the fishing holes around the Sunshine State. From mangrove flats to grass shallows and into the Everglades, that book opened my eyes and mind to the infinite possibilities of fishing.
This blog post is going to share some of this knowledge with you – plus, a wealth of experience I’ve gleaned as an avid fisherman through the years. Naturally, you’ll be going by boat.
So I’ve assembled my top 10 favorite spots to fish in Florida that make good use of Yamaha outboard parts to get you there. Whether you’re for inshore, nearshore, or offshore, read on to catch some fresh insights on the best fishing holes around your home state.
Let’s cast off!
#1 Florida Keys
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As remarkably varied as it is fishable, the 120-miles stretch of the Florida Keys is a maritime habitat unlike any other. The outer curve of the Keys’ is the Atlantic ocean. It’s warm and shallow by the shoreline and reaches depths of 2,000 feet by 12 miles offshore. Deep sea fishing permits amazing sportfishing: Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Kingfish, and Wahoo provide year-round adrenaline. Tarpon arrive in May, Dolphin arrive in summer and Sailfish from November to February.
Boat to the inner edge of the Keys’ – Florida Bay, aka the backcountry – to sport for numerous game fish such as Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Snook, and Snapper.
The deeper water drop-offs, the flats, and the bridges all provide ideal environments where you’ll find schools of your favorites. For a diverse and memorable fishing experience, not much beats the Florida Keys.
#2 Tampa Bay
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Just outside of Tampa is some of Florida’s most diverse fishing. Here you’ll find Snook, Sheepshead, Tarpon, Trout, and Redfish among the grass flats in the bay, but also typically offshore species such as Cobia and Kingfish. What and how you fish largely depends upon the tides, higher tide bringing better luck in the backwaters of the bay. October is a renowned time to catch Seatrout in Tampa Bay.
Heading offshore, you’ll find shallow waters extending far into the Gulf. Grouper and Snapper are common, with fisherman using shrimp and pilchards to fish the rocky bottom areas. The rocky bottom here also allows for the use of bait fish to fish for Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Cobia, and Kingfish.
#3 Florida Bay
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Getting to remote Florida Bay isn’t the problem. What’s baffling is where to begin your fishing expedition in this massive part of the Florida Everglades Park. There are dozens of jumping off point in the Keys between Key Largo and Islamorada, as Florida Bay is part of the park found between Florida’s mainland and the Keys.
“Some of the best fishing in the bay can be found right out in front of Flamingo. I like to work those flats on the bottom of the falling tide and then the first two hours of the rise. You’ll see an amazing number of fish right there.” — Tim Klein, Everglades guide, Islamorada
Known by locals as backcountry, water here is rarely more than five feet amongst the mangrove islands, shallow flats, and infinite creeks. Bonefish, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Permit, Tarpon, and more happily call this place home.
“It’s always productive to work shorelines and the potholes in the grass flats. Lots of different species lie in the potholes, waiting to ambush a bait that’s swimming by. Mostly you’ll find redfish and snook in there, but trout and jacks will lie in there too.” — Tim Klein, Everglades guide
Word to the wise: when you come, keep an eye out for crocodiles!
That’ not all.
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This Panhandle town should change its name to “Destiny.” The fishing is that good. So good that Destin’s been calling itself “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for years now. Find Florida’s largest charter boat fleet here and droves of angles eager to fish the Gulf of Mexico for Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, Sailfish, Marlin – you name it.
Shark, Amberjack, Reds, and Triggerfish are a given year round. Look for offshore giants like Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Tuna during the summer months and into early fall. Or dip into nearby Choctawhatchee Way, which is generally no deeper than 30 feet deep. Full of grass flats, bayous, jetties, and bridges, bring light tackle for Pompano, Black Snapper, and Flounder, and Bluefish amongst other inshore species.
#5 Cedar Key
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Cedar Key juts off the Big Bend into the Gulf of Mexico. Especially in October, the Key is renowned for it’s Redfish. As tide rises, reds follow baitfish into the flats and grasses and remain as the tide recedes. Find them in the nearest channel or pothole as they wait for the next rising tide.
Running from shallow backwaters to grassy flats, Seahorse Reef is a particularly good fishing spot. Long seagrass coats the reef, a few small keys dot the area while deeper holes and a rich maze of channels spaces everything between. Such a home appeals to Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Seatrout, and King Mackerel as well.
The same can’t be said for people: the population of Cedar Key is less than 1,000. Arrive in Cedar Key expecting amazing remote fishing, plus peace and quiet.
#6 Boca Grande
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Fishing Boca Grande means fishing the Gulf Coast with options on the line. Charlotte Harbor is fed by the Peace and Myakka Rivers, full of canals and built structures for varied angling. The Gasparilla and Pine Island Sound each boast miles of shallow, open grass flats. Or try Lemon Bay for tidal creeks and islands.
The best part.
No matter whether you’re using flies for sight fishing, tackle, or bait – look forward to swarms of Tarpon, Sheepshead, Snook, Redfish and Sea Trout. Offshore angling provides plenty of Cobia, Jacks, Flounder, False Albacore, triple tail, and sharks for your fun and enjoyment.
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The coastal village of Steinhatchee rides Steinhatchee River down to the Gulf Coast into Apalachee Bay in the nook of the Big Bend. This Gulf Coast settlement looks unchanged since founded in the late 1700’s, and we imagine the fishing is just as good now as it was then. The slope of the Gulf bottom is gradual and allows for shallow water fishing for great spans, as well as in countless creeks, and offshore fishing.
Spring is the ideal time to fish the mouth of the Steinhatchee, as the Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, and Sheepshead school when the wild sea grass grows wilds. Dip into the beaches, the brackish river or backcountry areas for Ladyfish, Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, and Spanish Mackerel. If you head offshore, expect Snapper, Seabass, and Grouper along the bottom at about 30-50 feet. If you can’t make it during spring, don’t worry – fall is equally fantastic fishing.
Fun fact: Steinhatchee is the top spot in the US for catching scallops!
A place that goes by “The Sailfish Capital of the World” must be worth a few throws, right? Indeed, with miles of waterways along the Treasure Coast of Florida’s eastern coast, Stuart offers angling enthusiast 15 marinas for mooring and more fishing than you can shake a rod at. The city of Stuart and the surrounding areas eats, lives, and breathes fishing.
Peak months run December through March and then June and July. Inshore action brings in gamefish species like Ladyfish, Permit, Pompano, Redfish, Snapper, Snook, and Sea Trout. When you head into deeper water, look for offshore fishing for Barracuda, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna, Blacktip Shark, Cobia, Dolphin – and much, much, more. And of course, Sailfish.
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An hour south of Tampa, you’ll find one of Florida’s most beloved secrets. The old-time fisherman’s village of Cortez boasts historic charm and an authentic American history rooted in maritime history. Labeled the Gulf Coast’s “last surviving fishing village, not much has changed in this timeless community since settled as a Spanish settlement in the 1800’s. That includes the superb quality of fishing.
Perched along the mainland shore of Sarasota bay and anchored near a 95-acre wildlife preserve, you can enjoy inshore, nearshore, or offshore fishing ventures. The catch varies by season, but you’re in line to catch Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, and Yellowtail aplenty from the shores.
After a rewarding day with the rod and reel, stroll the wharves and enjoy one of the “dock to table” seafood restaurants offering the freshest of seafood, cold beer, and a great spot to swap fishing tales.
#10 Mosquito Lagoon
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Mosquito Lagoon is listed by the US Government as a Lagoon of National Significance. Running north to south from Merritt Island and the Kennedy Space Center down to the Ponce de Leon Inlet at New Smyrna beach – totaling 40 mile and 21,000 acres – this huge space is a world famous redfish destination. Because the salt levels in the lagoon appeal to Redfish and Black Drum during spawning time, it’s not uncommon to fish Reds above 30 pounds. Spotted Sea Trout, Snook, and Tarpon are also numerous.
Launch from south-western side of the lagoon all the way to northern side of the beach. Mosquito Lagoon is full of sandy shoals and scattered sandbars, so new boaters may find it challenging to navigate. Go slowly here, as hurricanes shift sandy tidal shoals and sea grasses can get caught up in your engine (though you know where you can come for Yamaha outboard parts).
For this reason, many anglers choose sight-fishing in the Lagoon, a sport more like hunting. A quick and precise cast wins the biggest catch.
Reel ‘em In
Though I’d recommend it, you don’t need to browse an encyclopedia to get the lowdown about Florida’s best fishing spots. Use this handy guide to take you around this incredibly diverse state and fish some remarkably plentiful waters. We’re very fortunate to have access to such a wealth of fresh and saltwater fishing, each location boasting many hidden fishing holes that you could spend a lifetime getting to know. But what a great way to spend a life! As always, remember to take good care of your boat and respect the natural habitats. And that’s it for now – I’m taking my own advice and going fishing!
And that’s it for now – I’m taking my own advice and going fishing!
There have been great changes in the world of outboard motors since last fifty years, all thanks to technology. The development of computers transformed the working method of nearly every industry. From cars to washing machines, everything has changed unimaginably. The outboard industry is not an exception for this transition.
The outboards are units that have a smooth functioning to ensure that you are having an efficient power source as a backup when you are out in the sea. No doubt, these units gives you a feeling of safety, but if they breakdown in mid-journey then you can’t follow a DIY route to fix it. Therefore, it is recommended by experts to research for the best in the market and get the perfect outboard.
To make your work easier, we present you with the best company for outboard engines- Yamaha. Yamaha is in this industry since decades and is popular for proper management of electrical and mechanical engines. Unlike other manufacturers, they spend a lot of money in manufacturing two and four stroke engines.
We are the #1 dealer of Yamaha outboards in South Florida. You get the best and the most durable outboards from our facility. Below are some of the advantages of getting outboards manufactured by Yamaha.
Innovation: Yamaha is in the industry since last 30 years and they are constantly evolving their technology and manufacturing methods for delivering outboards that pass the test of time. The Yamaha outboards are full of features every year to make the structure more efficient and exhilarating.
Reliability: The rugged and perfect construction of Yamaha Outboards allows it to rank high on the scale of reliability. The multi-point electronic fuel injection technique ensures that fuel is delivered properly to each and every cylinder. This procedure increases performance of outboards and allow it to function at the optimum level.
Higher Efficiency coupled with lower operating costs: For any outboard to function perfectly, it is important that the fuel supply is uninterrupted. The structure of outboards include six individual fuel injectors that are placed just above the valves to deliver precise and the required amount of fuel to each cylinder. Perfect placement of fuel injectors result in acute atomization of fuels that take efficiency of fuels entirely to next level.
Next time, whenever you go for a trip out on sea or oceans, make sure you go on vessels that are backed by outboards supplied by us to make your tour a safe and legendary one.
EricsYamaha Outboards: Perfect Combo Of Reliability & Innovation
Luxury boats were a main attraction at the 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which just wrapped up Monday.Show exhibits ranged from yacht builders and designers to brokerage yachts and much more.
Thousands flocked to the waterfront to see the latest in power boats, sailboats and super-yachts.
Produced by Show Management, the boat show covered six locations and employed more than 3 million square feet of space.
A life on the water remains as popular as ever, with the National Marine Manufacturers Association reporting that through August, wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats were up 2.5% for the association’s control group of manufacturers – representing 68% of the market – with growth led by the fiberglass outboard boat and inboard boat segments. Corresponding dollars were up 9.8%, when compared with August 2014, according to the association.
Where big boats can travel was a hot topic among boat show attendees, and the show brought together a panel of marina owners and developers to tackle the topic: What’s Ahead for Marinas?
One member of the five-person panel was Mehmet Bayraktar, CEO and chairman of Flagstone Property Group, currently developing a deep water marina for super-yachts as part of its sweeping mixed-use project on Watson Island known as Island Gardens.
Mr. Bayraktar’s company has had a lease with the City of Miami for the key location for more than a dozen years. After many years of inactivity, work commenced on Island Gardens in 2014.
After marine mitigation work in Biscayne Bay, Flagstone began months of dredging and built a new seawall for its marina.
The marina itself, to be called Deep Harbour, began to take shape just recently as docks were installed.
Flagstone says the marina will be the only marina in North America designed exclusively for super-yachts. When the marina is finished it will be able to accommodate up to 50 mega- or super-yachts, up to lengths of about 550 feet.
The Island Gardens marina will host mega- and super-yachts Feb. 11-15 as part of the 28th annual Yacht and Brokerage Show.
Show Management promises the new marina “will feature an impressive lineup of super-yachts amidst the Miami skyline with entertainment, parking and transportation to and from the Collins Avenue show location.”
The Miami Beach end of the event includes an in-water-only display presentation that covers more than 1.2 million square feet over a mile-long strip of Indian Creek Waterway, featuring hundreds of new and pre-owned vessels valued at more than a billion dollars.
Among topics discussed by the panel in Fort Lauderdale was the growing trend of designing or upgrading marinas to be more than points of departure or places where people dock their boats.
“People don’t go to a destination to sit and sleep on their boat,” said Mr. Bayraktar.
“They expect to dock at a destination with great amenities within a city or town which has desirable restaurants and shopping,” he said.
Panelists said the growing number of super-yachts and related expansion of facilities to accommodate them around the world creates many practical considerations for marinas.
“What’s critical to the success of a facility is utilities, with all the different varieties of voltages, including all European models,” said Steve Ryder of Bellingham Marine. “The world is a much smaller place now and in order to stand out as a marina you must be able to accommodate everybody’s requirements.”
In this environment of rising expectations, marina owners spoke of specific steps they take to assure that owners and crew receive the highest level of service.
“It’s a simple concept; they want to be on vacation and we are fulfilling their dream,” said Raymond Graziotto, president and COO of Seven Kings Holdings/Loggerhead Marinas.
“A marina is not a parking lot. It’s somewhere that should make everything easy for boaters, where they have everything at their fingertips. That’s what owners, captains and crew have come to expect when they visit a first-class facility,” Mr. Graziotto said.
In the aftermath of storms like Sandy, Charley and Wilma, the panelists addressed how their businesses have adapted and changed in terms of infrastructure improvements and technology when preparing for major hurricanes.
“Ongoing challenges are site-specific,” said Steve Ryder, manager of project development for Bellingham Marine Industries.
“We must take into account wind and waves, of course, but the newer materials for pilings and anchorage have better equipped us to handle secure docking,” he said. “We work closely with both marina developers and yacht owners to implement best practices for storm preparation. And we utilize the latest technology to get marinas back up and running after a storm.”
The panel also discussed standards and customer service.
“People are committed to the highest customer service, but as an industry we don’t have a formalized set of standards,” said Bert Fowles, vice president of marketing and sales for Island Global Yachting Marinas.
Mr. Bayraktar said the issues that keep him up at night include “utilities, permits, dredging and safely relocating coral reefs and sea grass… all that and educating the next generation of boaters.”
“There are many things that can go wrong which we cannot control, like wind and expenses,” said Robert Christoph Jr. of RCI Group, “but we focus on what we can control as best we can to make boat owners’ experiences great.”
EricsAs boat show closes, super-yacht marina nears opening