Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 will be even better!


As we say goodbye to 2017, we look forward to making 2018 an even better year.  Our goal is to continue providing a superb customer experience by adding value to every customer that reaches our retail store or online shop.  Adding value through customer education, friendly advice and a wide array of product to meet your needs.  Browse our blog for boat repair topics, call or email us with questions about outboard or sterndrives.  We are the best boat parts store and boat repair shop and will continue to improve and grow over the coming year.
Thank you for allowing us to keep you out on the water all season long.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas
Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year in 2018!
We sincerely thank you for your business and are extremely grateful for the role we play in ensuring your fun out on the water.
From our family to yours, may the New Year ring in an abundance of health and prosperity.
Warmest wishes,
The US Boatworks Team

Friday, December 15, 2017

I Damaged My Lower Unit – Now What?

Tips & recommendations for replacing your gearcase lower unit.

It happens – just plain bad luck – hitting an underwater tree stump, rock or other invisible debris & your lower unit is shot.  After you get towed safely back to shore and have a chance to regroup, what are your next action steps?  We have written this article to outline the step you should take if you damage your lower unit.  Use this as a reference tool as you navigate through the process of repairing or replacing your gearcase lower unit.
Damaged Prop = Damaged Gears?First off, if you think you have damage to your lower unit but are hoping that it will be okay if you ignore the problem, be aware that internal damage to your unit may not be noticeable right away.  Slightly damaged
gears may seem to work fine at first but over time the off-kilter gears will wear away and cause eventual failure.  We recommend you have your motor diagnosed thoroughly to determine if you have internal damage.  Check out this forum for further evidence: What smacking a boulder does to your lower unit gears.
We recommend calling the insurance company that has your boat policy before you do anything.  Some policies will cover accidental damage to your drive.  If your insurance policy covers the damage, your claims adjuster will give you instructions as to how to get your lower unit fixed or replaced.  Some insurance companies tell you where to go for a replacement unit or repairs.  Others will approve your repair/replacement estimate at the shop of your choice.  Either way, be sure you have a reputable boat repair shop that specializes in lower units.  Your local boat shop may purchase a replacement lower unit from a 3rd party for you so do yo
ur homework and find out where the unit is coming from. Three options for replacing your unit are discussed below.
The choices you have when replacing a lower unit include a brand-new OEM unit, a remanufactured OEM unit or a new aftermarket unit.  I will discuss the pros and cons of each below.

Brand New Manufacturer Unit

This unit is made by your motor manufacturer and will contain original OEM parts.  Quality manufacturing is a guarantee and the unit will come with a nice warranty.  Warranties will vary by manufacturer so please check with a knowledgeable dealer regarding the warranty.
  • More expensive
  • Warranty depends on manufacturer
  • All parts are OEM
  • Outstanding quality drive
  • Usually ships in 24 hours


New Aftermarket Lower Unit 

The new aftermarket lower unit is usually manufactured in China.  The quality control is generally lacking on these units.  The up side is that they are significantly cheaper and some aftermarket manufacturers give a great, 3 year, fault free warranty. While this warranty is nice, it is a pain in the neck to deal with replacing the unit under warranty.  There is the obvious down time associated with diagnosing the problem, calling the manufacturer for warranty replacement, placing a replacement order, waiting for the unit to be delivered then waiting on the boat shop to install the unit.  Do your homework before purchasing an aftermarket unit!
  • Better prices compared to OEM Lower Units
  • Made overseas where quality control and trained mechanics are lacking
  • 3 year, fault free warranty from certain manufacturers
  • Built new to manufacturer specifications
  • Includes all internal parts & is fully compatible and interchangeable with OEM drives
  • Usually ships in 24 hours

Remanufactured Lower Unit

A rebuilt or remanufactured unit should be built by quality, trained mechanics with OEM parts.  These units offer the best of both worlds, giving you OEM parts, a unit assembled by trained mechanics in the US and a nice price savings over new OEM units.  This option is the preferred choice of most boaters.
  • Priced at deep discounts to save you money
  • Rebuilt by trained mechanics in the USA
  • Units usually include a full 1 year warranty but this will vary
  • Built new to manufacturer specifications
  • Includes all internal parts & is fully compatible and interchangeable with OEM drives
  • Usually ships in 24 hours

If you are looking for a reputable remanufacture of lower units, check out US Boatworks in Kansas City.  They have been in the Replacement Drive business for over 30 years and know your motor inside and out. They offer personalized service and will get your unit to you with the exact specifications needed.  Insurance claims are always welcome there.  The owner personally handles all insurance claims and is happy to talk with you and your adjuster to get the best deal for you.  He has been replacing outdrives for over 30 years.
Call them at 913-342-0011 or email them for more info.

Remanufactured Lower Unit availability and pricing from US Boatworks


Friday, November 24, 2017

Thank You

Happy Thanksgiving
US Boatworks would like to say “thank you” to all our customers.  We are proud to be serving the greater Kansas City area with boat maintenance and repair for over 30 years. Our success is due to our wonderful staff and loyal customers.
If you haven’t tried US Boatworks for your boat repair needs, you will be comforted to know our seasoned certified mechanics each have over 25 years experience.  To maintain certification, our mechanics complete training and educational classes each year. Give us a try next time you need some work done on your outboard or sterndrive.
To show our appreciation, we are offering great savings on your online boat parts order.  Our Black Friday Special: Save $25 when you spend $100 or more in our online store.  Use code 25off100 at checkout to receive your discount. Shop reliable, quality boat parts from Mercury, Mercruiser, Evinrude, Johnson, OMC and Volvo-Penta.  US Boatworks stocks over 2 million boat parts so they are ready to ship out quickly to you.  We also specialize in NLA hard to find boat parts. Chances are we have what you are looking for. Shop for boat parts NOW!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday Sale-Save $25 at US Boatworks

Black Friday Sale save $25 off $100

Our Black Friday coupon begins today and runs through midnight, Friday 11/24. Save $25 when you spend $100 or more in our online store.  Use code 25off100 at checkout to receive your discount. Shop reliable, quality boat parts from Mercury, Mercruiser, Evinrude, Johnson, OMC and Volvo-Penta.  US Boatworks stocks over 2 million boat parts so they are ready to ship out quickly to you.  We also specialize in NLA hard to find boat parts. Chances are we have what you are looking for. Shop for boat parts NOW!!!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Boat Motor Tune Up Instructions

Judging by the huge quantity of duck boats we have in our repair shop for tune-ups right now, it is clear that duck season in our area is underway. To be sure your first duck hunting trip this year goes smoothly, make sure your outboard motor is running in top shape.
The first order of business is to tune up your motor.  There are many steps involved in tuning up your motor, the first of which is to decide if you are going to do it yourself or leave it to the professionals.  If you are leaving it to the professionals, get your boat to the shop asap to ensure your motor is running smoothly. Trusted Kansas City boat repair shops will have a lot of winterizations to do at this time of year so don’t put this off until the last minute.
If you are doing an outboard motor tune up yourself, your first order of business is to pull out your boat owners manual.  If you can’t locate your owners manual, call our come down to our store in Kansas City to get one. Once you have your owners manual, check guidelines for recommended procedures, lubes, oils and replacement parts.  Failure to use manufacturer required brands can void your warranty and may cause you further headaches down the road.
Changing oil on Mercruiser SterndriveStart with a visual inspection of your motor starting at the bottom.  Look for signs of leaking lubricant that may run down the propeller.   This could be a signal that seals have gone bad.  If this may be the case, bring your boat in for service. Next check the propeller for signs of damage.  Cracks in the blades by the hub, large chips or bent blades call for repair or replacement of your prop.
As you move up the motor, check and fix missing or loose screws, nuts or bolts on the lower unit.  Lubricate the grease fittings at the transom bracket, swivel bracket, and transom clamp screw as directed in your owner’s manual. The throttle control should be inspected and lubricated per your manual.
Next up is to replace the spark plugs and fuel filter. Then it’s on to the lower unit. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended frequency of lubricant changes for your outboard motor’s lower unit. Begin by removing the unit’s top and bottom fill plugs and allow the lube to drain into a container of your choice. Replace the lubricant with the manufacturer recommended product by filling lubricant into the bottom fill hole until lubricant reaches the top fill hole. Once filled, replace the top plug, remove the applicator nozzle and replace the bottom plug then wipe clean.
Last but not least, get all your hunting gear out.  Clean, inspect and replace as necessary then get out there and have fun.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

US Boatworks closed on Saturdays for the Winter

It’s sad but true, US Boatworks is now closed on Saturdays through March 2018.  While we may be open shorter hours, we will still be hard at work for our customers.  Our lot is still packed with boats to winterize and we already have some big winter projects for a few individuals. A big chunk of our time will be spent getting ready for next spring as well.
If you haven’t already taken care of winterizing, be sure your boat is in a warm garage or storage facility.  If you need tips and help, check out our winterization page and our blog.