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Boat Maintenance #12586081
01/19/18 07:45 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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Do you guys do a full 100 hour service every year? Replace the impeller and spark plugs every year? What is your maintenance cycle for your rigs?

This year I was going to change the lower unit oil, regrease everything and call it good but I'm having second thoughts.

I've got a 2012 150 Vmax if that helps.


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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12586094
01/19/18 07:54 PM
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2005 Opti 200. Impeller and fuel filter every 2 years. Plugs every 100 hrs. or 3 years. Annually LUO change, lube, ck. trim & steering fluid, ck. air compressor belt and all hardware security. Add grease in vault trailer hubs.

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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12586095
01/19/18 07:54 PM
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Annually change plugs, change lower unit oil, replace fuel filter, grease all fittings, and replace water separator filter if you have one.


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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12586622
01/20/18 02:30 AM
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I just had my impeller changed after two years. Note the stress cracks in the picture. Every vane was fatigued.


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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12587137
01/20/18 02:22 PM
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As long as your water pressure is in spec I don’t worry about the impeller everything else I do like your supposed to.

Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12587460
01/20/18 08:16 PM
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Yes Sir, every year or every 100 hours which ever comes first.
Spark plug lower unit, and impeller are just a part of 100 hour service.
My guys know my motto:" If in Doubt, Change it out"
Peace of mind on the water is priceless.

Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12587650
01/20/18 11:50 PM
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I went ahead and knocked out the 100 hour service. New impeller and all. Thanks for the input fellas.


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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12588033
01/21/18 06:57 AM
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With the price of outboards, I do a full service on mine every winter. On crappy days in Jan and Feb that gives me something to do in the shop.


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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12591503
01/23/18 12:15 PM
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In my last boat, I didn't change the impeller for 5 years, and when I went to change it, it looked brand new. Condition obviously depends on usage and type of water. It's a pretty beefy piece of rubber, and I suspect that if you use it often (1-2x per month), it will last a very long time.

I suspect failure modes for rubber is dry rot (lack of use). But to be safe, you better replace as recommended by the manufacturer


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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12591532
01/23/18 12:47 PM
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I run a BassTracker aluminum.
I hose it out if it gets dirty, replace batteries when they expire, change trailer tires when needed and change oil in the Merc four stroke every other year.

Other than that, I just fish.


"..The pleasantist angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait.
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Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12591676
01/23/18 02:19 PM
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I do my impeller and plugs every other year. Gear oil gets changed every year, plus I pull a sample usually twice during the summer just to check it. I do all my maintenance in the winter. If something breaks during spring and summer seems like it takes a good solid month to get a boat into a good mechanic. I go flippin crazy being off of the water that long. A good maintenance program will keep you on the water. It's worth a little extra money in maintenance to avoid issues during spring and summer.

Re: Boat Maintenance [Re: thirtysixit] #12591830
01/23/18 03:27 PM
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Lower unit lube, impeller and fuel filter with top to bottom inspection every year. Spark plugs replaced when needed. Gives me something to do in January.

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