Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Too often these outings turn tragic

There have been awesome memories made out on the water with friends and family. Boating can be a great time whether you are spending a sunny day fishing, skiing or tubing.  While these events help us bond with each other, boating accidents from reckless or ignorant behavior can rip friends and family apart.

Here are some interesting statistics from the US Coast Guard:

In 2017, the Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.

81% of deaths occurred on boats where the driver had not received boating safety instruction. In contrast, only 14% percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator received a boating safety education from nationally approved institutions.

The top five contributing factors in accidents are:
  Operator inexperience
  Alcohol Use
  Improper Lookout
  Operator inattention
  Machinery Failure

There were 172 accidents in which at least one person was struck by a propeller. Collectively, these accidents resulted in 31 deaths and 162 injuries.

So what can responsible boat owners do to insure safety out on the water?

Federal Safety Requirements for recreational boats are written and enforced by the US Coast Guard.  These regulations are detailed in a 82 page document called A Boaters Guide to Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats.  Page 42 of the document lists the requirements based on the size of your boat.  For our purposes, we are discussing boats up to 26 feet in length. Their list starts with reminding boaters that they need the required state numbering and licensing then the remaining 8 items are about safety.  Those items are included in our list below but please review their site for complete details.

We recommend all boaters review this document in its entirety as it address safety in operating your boat as well.  The US Coast Guard offers several courses in boating safety. More information can be found at http://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/boating-safety-courses.php

In summary, take a few extra minutes this year before you get out with your boat to be sure you have the proper safety equipment.  Do it now and at the beginning of each season.  A few safety precautions can mean the difference between fun and disaster.

Boat Safety Items:

Fire Extinguisher
First Aid Kit
Life Jackets
Whistle or Air Hornboat on fire
Flash Light
Electric distress signals
backfire flame arrestor for non-outboard motors
Gas Tank Ventilation
Navigation Lights
Screw Driver
Spare Prop
Prop Nut Wrench
Duct Tape

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Independence Day

US Boatworks will be open this Tuesday, JULY 3 from 9-5 pm to serve you for the July 4th holiday. We may even be open a few hours on Wednesday, July 4th as our staff will be in during the morning hours to catch up on some work.  If you need us on the 4th, call before coming down.
This July 4th many families will travel to their favorite lake and take their boat out on the water. As usual, hours of preparation go into getting ready for an outing at the lake. Preparation most likely will include cleaning your boat, tuning up the engine and making boat repairs as necessary. Over the last few years, I have written many articles with tips on getting your boat out on the water.  You can find tips about boat engine preparation from the article I wrote this spring.  An important part of this preparation always should include safety items. Check out our list of boating safety equipment every boater should have on board.  We strongly recommend having your boat safety inspected by a trained professional to be sure you have covered all the recommended safety measures.  After all that hard work preparing for your day on the lake, we hope everyone has a great holiday and that your boat runs great.
We appreciate all of our valued customers and know that our success is only because you come back year after year.  Thank you for supporting US Boatworks.
Dad and daughter fishing

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Urgent: Huge Price Increase on Mercury Outboards Coming

Boaters considering a 40, 50 or 60 horse power Mercury Outboard listen up! Significant price increases begin July 1 when tariffs on certain imported motors begin.  While most Mercury Marine products are made here in the US, the 40, 50 and 60 horse motors are made overseas.  The reason for this is that the demand for the 40-60 horse power motors is largest outside the US.  It is much more cost effective to assemble them outside the US where they are purchased. So, boaters here in the states who want these motors will now have to pay the tariff. BUT here is the good news – you have a few days to buy your Mercury Outboard before the price goes up.
US Boatworks offers Excellent Pricing, Outstanding Service and Knowledge. Our pricing usually beats the “big guys”. Buy local, shop small business.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Call Us: 913-342-0011

Monday, June 18, 2018

Don’t Miss This Give Away!

We are giving away Mercury Marine T-Shirts.
Everyone loves free stuff. And if the free stuff is T-shirts, all the better. For a limited time, when you sign up for our email list you are entered into our free T-shirt drawing. Sign up here.
Each week I blog about boating tips, send money savings offers or update you on cool new boating related products. We spend a lot of time finding valuable boating information that can be read quickly.  We know you are busy!
**The drawing will be held July 16, 2018. Shirts will be sent out that same week.  Be sure to include your mailing address and shirt size when you sign up so we can get that shirt to you should you win.  We will make every effort to get the size you request but quantities may be limited in certain sizes. Shirt colors as shown are gray and black and will be disbursed at random to our winners.  
Our mailing list is always kept confidential. We never share or sell our list & will not bombard your inbox with emails.

Monday, June 11, 2018


The 2018 boating season is in full swing.  Warm temperatures this June are getting boaters out on the water to cool off.  Don’t miss out on great times at the lake.  Consider that new Mercury Outboard now while you can get out on the water to enjoy it.
We have just a few remaining 2018 Mercury Outboards and are willing to make a deal on them. Our inventory includes:

Mercury Outboard PontoonContact us
 for more details and pricing.  Feel free to compare us to the big stores. Our pricing, knowledge and personal service can’t be beat. We will get you in the right motor to meet your needs.
If we don’t list what you are looking for aboveask usWe have Mercury Outboards arriving all the time. More Mercury Outboard Motors will be in later this week.
Whatever you do, don’t delay. Get your motor today so you can start making those great lake memories before the summer is gone!

Monday, June 4, 2018

What to do if you want to get rid of your boat

What to do if you want to get rid of your boat and are confused about your options?

Vintage Outboard Motors used for Parts

Being that we are a boat shop that specializes in old nla boat parts, we get a lot of calls asking if we buy old boats.  There are three circumstances in which we will take your old motor:
-At times we will purchase an old outboard motor to resell.
-We definitely take outboards and sterndrives in trade on a new Mercury Outboard or Mercruiser Sterndrive.
-Occasionally we buy a boat motor to part out the engine and resell good used parts. Parting out motors is costly as all parts need to be uninstalled, inspected, cleaned, added to inventory and stocked in our parts room but it is of great service to those wanting to keep their old motor running.
Bottom line, you can certainly call or email us if you are getting rid of your boat motor.  We will do our best to help you out. In the case where we can not use your motor, there are several options available:
-Advertise and sell your boat/motor on Craigslist for free
-Run an ad with other local resale boards such as facebook Marketplace
Donate your boat to Boatangel.com and take the resale value as a tax deduction.
Boatangel offers a unique service in that they will arrange to pick up your boat, make necessary improvements to get it ready for resale and post on Ebay for resale the proceeds of which go to the charity.  They then send you a tax receipt showing the sale price for your records.
Regardless of which of the three options you choose they all give you an opportunity to recycle your boat and keep it out of the landfill.  Unfortunately there are times in which that is your only option.  If you are not able to re-sell or donate your boat or motor, check the internet for your local landfill listing.  They will post hours and costs to dump your boat.

Vintage Outboards

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day Savings Extended

We are thankful to those Happy Memorial Daywho have defended this great country throughout the years.
This Monday we remembered our fallen heroes that gave their lives for our freedom.

In celebration of the freedoms that we all are blessed to receive, we extended our Memorial Day Discount. Save additional $20 off boat parts orders of $100 or more placed on-line through Friday, 6/1/19.  Use code memorialsave20 at checkout to see your discount in your shopping cart.

Feel great about buying from US Boatworks for all your boat parts needs.  We are the leader in supplying marine parts in the US.  By stocking over 2 million parts in one location, you can rest assured your order will be in stock, packaged and shipped the same day when your order is received by 3pm.  Your order leaves from our shop location in the heart of the US in Kansas City.  The advantage we have to being a Mid-West boat dealer is that our central location allows for shorter shipping distances to most locations.  These shorter shipping distances can translate into receiving your package quicker.  We expect all of these shopping conveniences will result in a pleasant experience for our valued customers.

Not only do we stock over 2 million boat parts and ship them out to you fast, we also offer everyday discounts of up to 20% off retail prices when you order on-line.  Pricing discounts vary depending on what you purchase, but you will find some of the best pricing on boat parts in the country.