Monday, October 16, 2017

DIY Boat Winterization Supply Guide

Winterizing tips for do-it-yourselfers:

This week daytime temperatures are dipping into the 60's and it finally feels like fall outside.  Enjoy these cooler temperatures by taking your boat out for a quick drive while you can.  Traffic on the lake will be at a minimum; you may have the lake all to yourself.  It may be a little chilly for water skiing and tubing, but it’s a delightful time for a nice drive on the lake or even spending the day fishing.
Products to Winterize SterndriveWhile you are enjoying the last few weeks on the lake, keep in mind that the task of winterizing your outboard or sterndrive is around the corner.  Winterization must be completed before the first hard freeze.
What is a responsible boat owner to do? You have two choices:

1. Have your boat engine winterized by certified mechanics
Our blog next week will cover tips on having your boat repair shop complete your winterization. If you want to get ahead of the rush, bring your boat into our shop now while the wait is minimal.

2. Winterize your motor on your own.
For the DIY boat mechanic, preparation is key in winterizing your boat.  Having the correct marine grade oil, lube and fuel stabilizer is important to prevent potential damage down the road.  Picking this up at the auto store or large discount chain is not the way to go.  If you are saving money by doing the task yourself, put some of that savings towards genuine Mercury Marine, Evinrude, Johnson or Volvo-Penta oils and lubes.   Below is a list of what you need before you begin winterization.  Stay tuned for more winterizing tips on this blog or search our archives for tips from previous seasons.

US Boatworks customers can enjoy 10% off your winterization items below when mentioning this blog- carry out only.
Boy repairing Mercruiser SterndriveOutboard:
2 Stroke
Gear Lube
Fogging Oil
Fuel Stabilizer

4 Stroke
Anti-freeze
Fogging Oil
Fuel Stabilizer
Engine Oil
Oil Filter
Gear Lube


Sterndrive:Mercury Marine Oil and Oil Filter
Antifreeze
Fogging Oil
Fuel Stabilizer
Engine Oil
Oil Filter
Gear Lube

Monday, October 9, 2017

WaterFire KC 2017- US Boatworks Saves the Night

This past weekend was the annual WaterFire event on the Plaza in Kansas City.  WaterFire is a unique experience of sparkling bonfires on the water, live music from boats along Brush Creek, and performances from the shore & the boats.  The event employs three boats with 25 hp Mercury outboards to move performers up and down the creek.
The week of the show, organizers came to US Boatworks with two non-working Mercury outboards.  They arrived on Wednesday & our team immediately took to action to get the motors in working order.  On Thursday the first outboard was repaired and was quickly back on the water to practice for the upcoming show.  Then on Friday, the day before the show, we finished up the second repair.  Within just a couple of days, we had both boats back on the creek, the performances would go on!
I was lucky to be able to attend the 2017 WaterFire event on Saturday. It was a wonderful show with something for everyone. If you have a chance, be sure to check out. More exciting events are planned for next year.




Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Into Savings

Ways to Save at US Boatworks 

This fall season opportunities abound for savings at US Boatworks.  Currently we have two ways to save.  First, when you order boat parts online, you can reduce your shipping costs to $7.95 when you order $100 or more.  Using coupon code 7dollarship at check out.  (Some exclusions apply)
Next up is our Mercury outboards rebate program.  Now through December 15, 2017, when you buy a new Mercury Marine Outboard you can receive a rebate of up to $1000.  It’s a great time to buy a new Mercury outboard since our new 2018 models are out on the floor. Qualifying motors are shown below:
Mercury Outboards Eligible
Horsepower
Rebate
9.9 ProKicker
$135
30
$200
40 – 65
$335
75 – 125
$500
135 – 175
$670
200 – 350
$1,000
If great financing options are what you are looking for, Mercury is offering 0 down, 0% interest and 0 payments for six months when you choose this option instead of the rebate. You will be heading into spring without paying a penny on your new outboard. Call us now about your power needs and we will take good care of you. Our knowledgable staff has plenty of experience to get you in the right motor for your needs.
Call Us: 913-342-0011

Friday, September 22, 2017

Rebates on Mercury Outboards Available Now!

REPOWER SALES EVENT


Discover Rebates on New Mercury Outboard Motors

Buy a new Mercury Engine today and save big. Choose between two great repower offers:
  – a factory-direct rebate of up to $1,000    OR 
  – 0 down payment, 0 interest, and 0 payments for six months financing.

Either way, there’s no better way to join the bold with the latest Mercury power performance.
Orders must be completed by December 15, 2017 to qualify for the rebate. Check out our Mercury Marine Outboards in stock then call for more information and pricing.  We are the lowest priced Mercury Outboard dealer in the Kansas City area.  Several of our customers drive from St. Louis and Des Moines to save money on their outboard purchase.   If we don’t have the motor you want in stock, we usually get the motor direct from Mercury in 2-3 days at which time our certified mechanics will install and rig your motor.  Feel comfortable buying from a reputable, hard-working family run business.  

Mercury Outboards Eligible
Horsepower
Rebate
9.9 ProKicker
$135
30
$200
40 – 65
$335
75 – 125
$500
135 – 175
$670
200 – 350
$1,000
Rebate amounts vary by engine model. Limited time promotional financing offer available through Medallion Bank and administered by Brunswick Financial Services Corporation. On all loans approved under this program, buyer has the option of making no down payment and no payments for 6 months. Interest will begin to accrue on the principle balance at the end of the promotional period, 7 months from the loan closing date, at the rate listed on the Simple Interest Note and Security Agreement. For example, if the loan were for $10,000.00 for 84 months at a contract rate of 8.99% APR, the regular monthly payment would be $160.84. Approval, and any rates and terms provided, are based on credit worthiness. Offer available to residents of the USA except in the states of Montana and West Virginia. Minimum amount financed is $5,000, maximum amount financed is $50,000. Dealer sets actual sale prices. Both the promotional financing offer and the rebate offer apply to Engines purchased between September 15, 2017 and December 15, 2017 at authorized, participating Mercury dealers. Standard 3-year limited warranty applies, and any applicable promotional warranty that may be offered and is within the program guidelines. All Pacemaker, Mercury Racing, Government, previously registered engines, donations, as well as engines sold for commercial, camp or resort applications and sales/registrations outside the United States are excluded. Also excludes any non-U.S. resident, or address outside of the U.S. Engines originally sold to a Boatbuilder are also excluded. Engines on the Angling or Sponsorship program do not qualify. Consumers are only eligible for one benefit on the qualified repower engine. Promotional financing offer may not be assigned, traded, sold or combined with any other offer unless expressly stated herein. OFFER VOID WHERE RESTRICTED OR OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Let the summer fun continue – Shipping Sale!

boatingjumping into waterAlthough we are past the Labor Day Holiday, summer continues to hang on here in the midwest.  We have a few more warm summer days to enjoy the lake! Get out there and enjoy the water!
In honor of the end of summer save over 50% off shipping! Now through the end of the month we have $7.95 flat rate shipping on orders over $100 when you order on-line.  Use coupon code 7dollarship at check out.
This offer excludes oil, manifolds, lower units, engines and motors. Coupons on excessively heavy orders will be honored at store’s discretion.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The best oil for your outboard

Motor oil for 2 and 4 stroke engines is readily available at discount stores or automotive stores.  The Mercury Marine Oil and Oil Filter
price is slightly cheaper than the OEM boat engine oil so we often get the question:  “Can I safely use aftermarket or generic oil in my outboard motor?”
Always use Brand Name OEM Oil for your motor.
The manufacturers of the generic oils say their oils are safe for your 2 or 4 stroke outboard motor. While this may be true but is it the best oil for your outboard?
Budget lubricants usually use cut rate ingredients to achieve a low price point. They have also manufactured this oil to work with a chain saw, weed eater, lawn mower, car and more.  Since they cover many different motor types, the additives needed for your specific outboard motor are missing. Genuine Mercury and Evinrude/Johnson lubricants are blended with the highest quality base stock and additive packages to meet the demands demands of the 2-cycle or 4-cycle outboard engine.  These additives prevent corrosion, reduce foaming and keep your engine properly lubricated. Corrosion is like cancer to your motor; do everything you can to prevent corrosion.
Always choose genuine OEM boat motor oil specifically manufactured for your engine for optimum performance. A few extra dollars now could prevent huge repair bills later.
You can buy genuine Mercury Oil or Evinrude Outboard Oil, lubes and boat parts at our shop anytime. Bring in your refillable container to get bulk oil at a discount.
Review Recommended Care from Mercury for your Mercury Engine.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Labor Day!

Here’s to the many workers have contributed to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. While we recognize the history of this great nation, Labor Day also marks the last big celebration of the summer season.  So, all you hard workers, get out there and enjoy your weekend. Temperatures will change soon and we will be packing up the boats for the winter.  Have a blast out there while you can!!!