In the words of a wise mechanic “the oil is the blood of your machine.” This should be no surprise at all when it’s comes to boat care. I like to think of this guide like the Ten Boat Commandments and I’m the guy behind the keyboard writing these important tips down for you on behalf of some superior boat powers from beyond.
One of the most important things you should always remember to do is change the oil in your machine. In the car world it’s generally every 3,000-10,000 miles, but for us boat owners it should be every time we put our boats away in storage. Let’s start off by running the engine until it’s warmed up a bit. We do this first so that we flush some of the sediments out from the oil. Finished that step? Great! You’re now ready for the best part replacing the engine’s oil and the oil filter. Identify whether you own a inboard engine, outboard engine, or sterndrive and begin changing the oil.