How to Rebuild an Outboard Motor Water Pump

If you read my post 15 Outboard Motor Maintenance Blind Spots You Can’t Afford to Miss two weeks ago and discovered that the water pump (#7) of your outboard motor is one of your maintenance blind spots, then this post is for you. It’s also for you if you didn’t read that post and you don’t have a clue how to maintain a water pump or if Google sent you here while you were looking for how to replace an impeller. Continue reading


Top 10 Gift Ideas for 2015

This coming Friday will be that hallowed American ritual known as Black Friday. That’s when Christmas shopping kicks into high gear with insane middle of the night sales at the brick and mortar stores who are desperate to salvage their annual sales goals. Some started already at the first of this month. It’s followed by Cyber Monday, when the online stores follow suit. Continue reading


15 Outboard Motor Maintenance Blind Spots You Can’t Afford to Miss

It’s that time of year again. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to make the time to put away my outboard motor for the winter properly. There always seems to be a dozen other chores of higher priority at the same time. Besides winterizing Summer Dance, there’s the camper to winterize too, the yard and garden to prepare, and other fair weather projects to wrap up.

It’s tempting to just store the outboard as-is and deal with it in the spring. Or to just do the minimum maintenance and turn a blind eye to the others. Procrastinating is so easy. But I know life will be just as hectic in the spring if not more so. Either I’ll forget to do those other maintenance tasks altogether or the guilt of knowing the condition I left my motor in will haunt me. So I may as well roll up my sleeves and do it. I’ll be glad I did. Continue reading