Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is your Boat Safe? Find out for free!

The US Coastguard Auxiliary has free tools to check the safety of your boat.  Their Vessel Safety Website allows boaters to become educated on boating safety.  First, download the Vessel Safety Manual to be clear on the rules and regulations regarding boating safety.  Second, do an on-line virtual safety check that addresses of the following:
  • Vessel Safety Check BadgeDisplay your boat’s registration number properly
  • Keep boat’s registration papers on board
  • Have US Coastguard approved lifejackets for everyone on board
  • Carry visual distress signals for day and night viewing
  • Carry sound producing distress device (whistle, air horn..)
  • Keep proper amount of fire extinguishers on board
  • Properly ventilate gasoline
  • Backfire Flame Control device on board
  • Distress sound producing device on board
  • Pollution Placard posted if applicable
  • Marpol trash placard posted if applicable
  • Coastguard approved toilet if applicable
  • Navigation rules on boat for reference
  • Meet State & Local regulations
  • Other safety precautions -deck free of hazards, electrical and fuel systems safe
Once you are in compliance with their guidelines, ask for a free vessel examiner to come to your marina or driveway to inspect your boat. Simply complete the on-line request and someone will be in contact with you. Once passed, you will be awarded a “Vessel Safety Check” decal. This decal alerts US Coastguard and enforcement officials that you are in compliance with the law. Best of all, you will sleep better knowing you are taking family and friend out on the water in a safe vessel.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Boat Safety Checklist

Planning for a day out on the lake can take some time.  The most skilled planner will have Kids with lifejacketslists of items to buy before the trip, items to bring in the car for the ride to the lake and also a list of items to go on the boat.  Of course we remember the snacks and drinks, the water skis and fishing poles all which are a necessity for having a great time.  However, with the fun list of toys comes a short list of safety items which could be a huge help in the event of a boating emergency.  While we will never use all of these safety items, having the right tools when you need them can make all the difference.  In fact, missing some of these items can make or break your fun day.  Better yet, having the right safety gear on your boat can save a life.

Boat Safety Items:

Fire Extinguisher
First Aid Kit
Life Jackets
Whistle or Air Hornboat on fire
Flash Light
Screw Driver
Spare Prop
Prop Nut Wrench
Duct Tape

While researching items for this article, we came across Federal Requirements for recreational boats published by the US Coast Guard.  These regulations go into great detail as to the type of equipment necessary in its 82 page document called A Boaters Guide to Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats.  Page 42 of tha
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.  Similar to the list above, items required are life jackets, electric distress signals, flares, fire extinguisher, gas tank ventilation,horn or whistle, navigation lights and backfire flame arrestor for non-outboard motors.  We recommend all boaters review this document in its entirety as it address safety in operating your boat as well.  We will cover that topic in another post in the coming weeks.
In summary, take a few extra minutes this year before your first trip out with the boat to
be sure you have the proper safety equipment.  Do it now and at the beginning of each season.  A few safety precautions now can mean the difference between fun and disaster.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Save $10 off $100

The final days of our $10 off $100 promotion are upon us. Save money Hurry over to our online boat parts store  and get what you need before the coupon expires.  When you enter memorialsave10 coupon code at checkout, you will receive $10 off your boat parts order of $100 or more.
Shop US Boatworks for all your boat part needs.  We stock over 2 million sterndrive and outboard parts from Mercury, Mercruiser, Mariner, Force, Evinrude, Johnson, OMC, Volvo-Penta, Nissan and Tohatsu.  Be sure to try our micro-fiche online boat parts look up for easy shopping. Simply choose your manufacturer, then model # and locate the part you need from the engine drawings that appear on the screen.  You can put the part in your shopping cart from the same screen.  No need to copy part #’s and locate them on a different screen.
If you we don’t have what you need at our online store,Boat Parts Inventory  please call or email us.  We are your one stop shop for hard to find, obsolete boat parts.  Our NLA boat parts are not available in our online store so it’s important to get in touch with us.  Our owner and staff spend thousands of hours every year scouring the country finding the obsolete parts you need. Often times we pay above retail to obtain NLA parts depending on demand.  Once we locate the parts, we pay to ship them to our mid-west warehouse where each part is unpacked, thoroughly inspected, entered into inventory and then categorized in our expansive parts warehouse. Working hard to keep you on the water is our priority and being a source for hard to find, no longer available boat parts is an important piece for those who want to keep an old boat motor running.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

We are thankful to those 
who have defended this great country throughout the years.
This Monday we remember our fallen heroes that gave their lives for our freedom.
In celebration of the freedoms that we all are blessed to receive, we are offering an additional $10 off boat parts orders of $100 or more placed on-line through Monday, 5/30/16.  Use code memorialsave10 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.
US Boatworks is closed this Saturday – Monday so our team can enjoy the holiday with their families. Please call us on Tuesday or send us an email inquiry to  We will get back to you as soon as possible.
We take pride in serving you and do our best to meet all your boating needs.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Announcing our Volvo-Penta DPS-A Upper

Volvo DPS-A Upper GearcaseUS Boatworks now proudly remanufactures the Volvo Penta DPS-A upper gearcase in several different configurations.  Our rebuilding department has been hard at work remanufacturing quality Volvo Sterndrive Housings in several different specifications to meet your needs:

There are many reasons to purchase a remanufactured sterndrive upper unit over buying new. Points to consider are:
-Units are priced at deep discounts
-Gearcases are built new to manufacturer specifications
-Units include all internal parts & are fully compatible & interchangeable with OEM drives
-All units include a full 1 year warranty.
-Products usually ship in 24 – 48 hours

Please call us or send us an email should you need help replacing your Volvo Sterndrive Upper Unit.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Introducing Our New Volvo-Penta DPS-A Lower Unit

US Boatworks now proudly carries the hard to find Volvo Penta DPS-A gear case in several different configurations.  Our remanufacture department has been hard at work this winter to make the quality Volvo Sterndrive Housings in the following specifications:

There are many reasons to purchase a remanufactured sterndrive lower unit over buying new.  Those reasons are:
-Units are priced at deep discounts to save you money
-Gearcases are built new to manufacturer specifications
-Units include all internal parts & is fully compatible & interchangeable with OEM drives
-All units include a full 1 year warranty.
-Products usually ship in 24 hours
Please call us or send us an email should you need help replacing your Volvo Lower Unit. You’ll be glad you did.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Boat Maintenance Checklist

Spring is finally here and the sun and warm temperatures are not far behind.  Soon you will want to be out enjoying theMercury Outboard 4 Stroke  sunshine and what better way to do it than getting out on the water? Before you make your first trip to the lake this year, it’s a good idea to make sure your  sterndrive engine or outboard motor is top running shape. Below is a list of some items to review before taking your boat out. This list does not represent everything you should check but does give good suggestions of where you should start. Please consult a certified marine repair mechanic prior to working on your boat motor.  It’s also a good idea to consult your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions specific to your boat model.
Cables, Belts & HosesAlways check for cracking that occurred during winter storage.
Control cables with cracks or swelling on the outer layer may indicate need to replace.Belts should fit tightly around the pulleys to prevent slipping. A worn belt may have a black substance near the pulley & also may fit loosely.
Contact your boat repair center or order cables online to replace yourself.
Electrical ConnectionsCharge your battery and test it so you can be sure it will hold a charge. Electrical systems should be routinely inspected by a qualified technician.Review electrical connections for cleanliness and tightness. Check for corrosion which is often a sign that the Kansas City Area Mechanic fixing boatconnection may not be safe. Remove terminals and use a wire brush to clean connections and cable ends.

Propellers & Hulls
Inspect propellers for damage. Verify the propeller is properly secured.
If you experience unwanted vibration, poor performance and damage to the propulsion system, your prop may be damaged & need to be replaced.
Inspect the Hull – look for cracks & distortions. Clean the outside of your boat using an environmentally-safe cleaner.
FuelCheck your fuel lines for damage. Signs of damaged hoses can be either cracking, hard hoses or very soft hoses. Remember to check fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces.
Insure clamps and fitting are secured.
Ensure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are also all functioning properly.
Fluid Levels
Check all fluid levels including
Engine oil- Change the oil if this was not done during winterizing. Include a new oil filter & change drive lubricants
Power trim reservoir
Power Steering Fluid

Safety GearLifejackets need to be in good condition It’s important for passengers to have access to the correct size lifejacket for their body weight.
Onboard fire extinguishers must be the correct class for your boat, fully charged.
TrailerInspect trailer wheels, verify that tires are inflated to proper level.
Check that trailer straps are not worn and are holding properly.
Verify that your trailer is the proper size for your boat.
Go here for a more extensive boat maintenance checklist.
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