Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Which is best? OEM or Generic Fuel Lines for Outboard Motors

Our phone rings continuously with about boat motors not running properly. At times, we try to help our customers trouble shoot the problem over the phone. No sense in bringing a boat in for service if the answer is a quick solution that the owner can handle.
So, when discussing the poor performance complaints, popular problematic symptoms usually include:
-Motor will not start
-The engine runs fine for a while, but then shuts down and will not restart
-Loosing power periodically and then when running on plane
Mercury Outboard w fuel line

When we hear the symptoms above, we will suggest checking for fuel leaks, reviewing all fittings and connectors for leaks and testing the fuel bulb. We also ask if the fuel lines have been replaced and if so, what brand has been installed? When the answer is the fuel lines have been replaced by lines purchased at a large discount store, we suggest purchasing OEM fuel lines and installing them with new fittings. The fuel lines from the discount stores last a fraction of that of an OEM line. The quick deterioration of the generic lines often times cause boaters more problems than the money saved up front. Frequent replacing of lines and time lost on the water is far more costly than simply purchasing the OEM lines to begin with. If fuel lines have never been replaced, they still may need to be changed out with new OEM lines to insure fuel can reach the motor with ease.
If you are in need of new fuel lines or fuel related accessories, we can help. Our online parts store allows you to select your motor and review the engine diagrams on the screen. Simply place items from the microfiche drawings in your shopping cart & check out. We usually ship orders the same day so you receive your order quickly.
Bottom line, fuel related problems can sometimes be self diagnosed and fixed at home. We recommend using OEM parts especially with your fuel lines and connectors. Should you want us to do the work for you, please call or bring your boat in for Kansas City boat repair or service. There is nothing better than a fun day out on the water with friends and family. We take pride in quality workmanship and will get your motor running in top shape.

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Challenge: Finding NLA, older model boat parts

If you own an older boat motor you may find it challenging to get replacement parts for necessary repairs.  Most boat dealers do not have the time or the warehouse space to stock slower moving, older outboard or sterndrive parts.  To make matters worse, manufacturers only produce replacement parts for a period of time and then announce that the parts are NLA- no longer available from them. This leaves boat owners in  a pickle when in need of parts to get back out on the water.  Often times, older motors will be sent to the junk yard because of the lack of available replacement parts.

We have a solution for you! US Boatworks took on the inventory challenges to make the NLA parts available for everyone.  We expanded our warehouse space significantly to serve those in need of boat parts.  Our owner personally spends over 2000 hours each year scouring the country for hard to find parts.  Once we find parts and pay to have them shipped to our shop, we then review each piece to insure quality and suitability.  Next we log them into inventory, assign a bin location and get them on the warehouse Boat Parts Room
boat partsboat parts in stockshelf.
There is a significant time and money investment to get theses NLA parts to our customers.  Our NLA parts
will sometimes be more costly than the price when it was new.  This increase in price is due to the time and money investment made to bring them in and store them over the years.  Additionally, we often times pay over retail for parts when they are in high demand and low supply.  Just like you learned in economics 101.
If you are need of hard to find boat parts, please check our easy to use on-line parts store. If we don’t have what you are looking for on-line, be sure to call or email us.  If you order with us, we usually ship your part out the same day via FedEx ground.

Vintage Outboard Motors used for Parts

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We pay cash for lower unit cores!

The busy summer season is still upon us and the demand for rebuilt lower units is high.  Customers who purchase a lower unit from US Boatworks are eligible for a refund when you return a good core back to us.  If you are one of those customers, send your core back to us – we need them!
As one of the top remanufacturers of lower units in the US, rebuild are continually rebuilding gear cases so they are ready to ship out when ordered.  In order to build all those gear cases, we need good used cores to start the refurbish process. We need your cores! Recycle your housing, save the environment and earn some money in the process.
Earn money recycle boat lower
If you have used Evinrude, Mercury or Volvo-Penta outdrive cores laying around, put some cash in your pocket by sending them to us.  We buy Volvo Penta Sterndrive cores, Mercury cores and Evinrude cores and pay you based on the condition of the core you send us.
If you have replaced a damaged gear case lately, don’t throw that old lower unit out!  Turn it into cash. $$$$$$

Email US Boatworks @ sales@boatengine.comCall Us: 913-342-0011

Volvo DP SM Lower

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2018 Mercury Outboards are Here!

It’s that time already – the new model year Mercury Motors just arrived at our Kansas City, KS location. 8 brand new Mercury Outboards were delivered on a huge 18 wheeler moments ago.  We promptly and carefully 9-9HP FourStroke_CommandThrust_3qtr_Port-Fore_cowlunpacked them, loaded them up on stands and wheeled them out to the showroom floor. They look great!
Included in the new line up are four, 9.9 horse power motors with your choice of electric start or manual start, long or short shaft, tiller handle and Command Thrust.
Command Thrust is offered again this year and is simply a refinement of the old Big Foot option.  We  have five of these new Command Thrust Outboards, three of which are 9.9 horse power and two are 60 horse motors.
Rounding out the lineup of our new motors are both a 25 horse and a 60 horse motors.  Our two 25 horse motors offer power trim and electric start.  The two 60 horse models both offer electric start, long shaft and power trim and Command Thrust as mentioned above.
Please stop by to view these great outboard motors. Compare our prices to the big stores before you buy.  Our prices are very competitive and our knowledge and service can not be beat.  Most of all, buy that new Mercury Motor and get out on the water and enjoy life.
Mercury 9.9 on Lake

Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to launch a boat

The wrong way to launch a boat
People that have grown up boating seem to think that there is nothing to towing and launching a boat. When you are around it a lot its like second nature maneuvering your vehicle so the trailer goes where you want it to go and slipping into the water for a fun filled day.  But if you don't have that experience, you will find that it can be very stressful trying to get a boat off the trailer and on the water.  The same is true when pulling the boat out of the water. You have lines of people waiting for their turn. All eyes are on you as you try to back your vehicle down the ramp with the boat behind you.  One wrong turn and you have to pull out of it and start all over.  If you have others launching on either side of you, that adds even more stress to the situation.  So what is a new boater to do? Below I have listed some steps to get your boat launched with ease in hopes that your boating adventure goes of without a hitch.
Once you have arrived at the lake and are waiting your turn to back down the ramp, you will want do some prep work. If there is no line for the ramp, simply pull over and do this work out of everyone's way.
- Load everything you need into the boat
- Remove transom straps from the boat
- Put the drain plug in!!!!!! -PUT THE DRIAN PLUG IN!!!
- Disconnect trailer lights
- Throw mooring fenders over the side of the boat
- Have mooring lines ready and accessible
- Back your boat down the ramp until the engine is in the water enough to run
- Put your vehicle in park, engage the parking break and maybe chuck the wheel
- Remove the bow strap and safety chain from the boat
- Start your boat engine, put it in reverse and gently back up
- If boat doesn't move, you may need to back your vehicle further into the water
- If someone is with you to drive the boat then have them drive off while you park the car. They can pick you back up on the dock. This allows others to launch their boat while you park your vehicle.

Haul your boat out
- When backing your trailer down, go deep enough to get the boat on but not so deep that the boat will go over the trailer
-  If trailer has bunks,  carefully drive the boat up the trailer. Don't overpower it, make sure you are properly aligned & steering wheel is centered.
- Once on the trailer, winch the boat up to the top & connect the safety chain
- Turn off the motor and raise it up
- Move your vehicle and tailer out of the way so others can use the ramp
- Unload the boat
- Put mooring fenders & ropes inside the boat
- Connect trailer lights
- Connect transom straps

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Remaining 2017 Mercury Outboards, Hurry in now!

The 2017 summer boating season is in full swing.  Warm temperatures this July 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 2017 Mercury Outboards and are willing to make a deal on them. Our inventory includes:
Mercury Outboard 3.5 Horse, Manual Start with Tiller Handle
Mercury Outboard 4 Horse, Long Shaft, Manual Start with tiller Handle
Mercury Outboard 9.9 Horse, Manual Start, Long Shaft with Tiller Handle
Mercury Outboard 25 Horse, Electric Start

It’s a rare occurrence but we even have 2, 2016 motors in stock:  
Mercury Outboard 4 horse, Manual Start with Tiller Handle
Mercury Outboard 9.9 Horse, Manual Start with Tiller Handle
Contact 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 above, drop us an email and let us know what you are looking for in a motor. More Mercury Outboard Motors just arrived this week and we are un-crating them and putting them on the floor as I write this.  Included in our new arrivals are more 9.9 motors, several 25 HP outboards and two 60 horse motors. Check them all out here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy Independence Day

American Flag and Fireworks. US BoatworksUS Boatworks will be open this MONDAY, JULY 3 from 9-5 pm to serve you before the July 4th holiday. We are closed Tuesday, July 4 and will re-0pen Wednesday, July 5 at 9 am.
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.  Part of that preparation also includes safety measures. Please read our list of boating safety equipment you should always carry with you.  You can even have your boat safety inspected by a trained professional to be sure you meet all the recommended safety measures.  After all that hard work, planning and preparing, we hope everyone has a great holiday and that your boat runs great.
We appreciate all of our valued customers and recognize that our success is only because great boaters come back year after year.  Thank you to all who support US Boatworks.