Monday, September 28, 2009

Replacing Evinrude Lower Unit

Happy Customers

I wanted to pass on an email from a satisfied customer in Canada.  He purchased a
remanufactured lower unit for his Evinrude outboard motor and is very happy. 
Just an example of why you can feel confident in purchasing an
outdrive or any stern
drive or outboard boat
from US Boatworks,
.We go the extra mile to take care of our customers. 

Here is his first email regarding receiving his lower unit with a new

Hi Mike


    I just picked up the lower unit today and opened up the box and
found it to be in excellent order.  I also noted on the invoice that it
states that a new water pump was installed at no charge.  Thank you very
much if this has indeed occurred.  Can you confirm that the water
pump/impellor has been replaced.  I do not want to open it up and
disturb it if I do not have to.  I'm sure you can understand that.  This
was on the lower unit ordered for my 1977 Evinrude 55hp 2 cycl

    I will be getting the core unit off to you a soon as I can get it
into the box and send it back to you.  I hope that you are not firm on
the return by 10-1-09 date as it will take some time for travel to you
from Canada.  If you have any concerns with regards to the core return
time line please let me know.


Thanks so much for you help.



His second email to us stating that he is very happy with is
lower unit:

Hi Mike


    Just to let you know that I am shipping the unit to you tomorrow
Monday September 28th, 2009.  I hope that this is alright with you
and does not breach the return by date as I had to wait to go and
get it.  I have enclosed a copy of the invoice as well.


    I do want to tell you that the unit looks fabulous and the kids
are very happy to be able to get out fishing again.


Thank you so much for your
expertise and help.


A very happy and satisfied customer.



We thank Mark for his kind comments regarding his
Evinrude Lower Unit
purchase experience.  Feel free to call Mike at US Boatworks should you
need help replacing your 

Evinrude gearcase
.  You can
reach him at 913-342-0011 from 9 - 5 CST or send him an email at

Happy boating.

Monday, September 21, 2009

At home boat motor repair

When it comes to boat motors, we all know there is maintenance and some basic
repairs that can not be avoided.  Always be sure to perform maintenance
recommendations from as suggested by your boat motor manufacturer.  Ask any
boat owner and they will tell you that skipping these maintenance procedures
will end up costing you more in the long run.  If you are comfortable make
some simple repairs around the house, you probably can try some maintenance on
your boat motor at home too.

To begin with, you will need your motor's manual.  These manuals will
describe the recommended maintenance you should perform.  Once you identify
which procedure your motor needs, contact US Boatworks to get the parts for your
boat.  US Boatworks stocks recommended manufacturer boat parts and is happy
to ship these parts (at cost) to you.  You may find some basic parts and
oil at discount stores but be ware, you get what you pay for.  Original
manufacturer outboard motor oil is always recommended.

Can't find your

Mercury, Evinrude, OMC, Mercruiser, Chrysler, Force, Yamaha, Honda Shop Manual

US Boatworks carries Clymer
motor manuals
to assist you in your at home boat repair.  Our
philosophy is to help boaters with do it yourself repairs, other dealers are not
so willing to sell you parts.

Contact Tim at US Boatworks at 913-342-0011 if you have further questions
for Kansas or
Missouri boat repair
on your outboard or stern drive marine engine.  You can also
email us at

Happy boating.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Great- I hit a tree with my boat

The fall fishing season is upon us. I was out at our new Lake Lenexa yesterday and saw plenty of kids catching fish. What a great time they were having in the cool fall evening. While you can only have trolling motors on Lake Lenexa, watching the smaller fishing boats got me to thinking about posting some fishing tips on this blog. I may start the forum so people can chime in on fishing tips.

The biggest fishing tip that I can come up with... If you are fishing in a man made -dam lake, try fishing by the tree stumps. Fish love to hang out around old stumps and logs. In fact, when they made Lake Lenexa they
purposely left stumps, logs and plastic tubes for the marine life. Great for the
fish, great for the fisher, not so great for your outboard motor. Hitting one of these stumps can cause damage to your propeller. That damage is obvious and not too terribly expensive to fix.

What if you damage your outdrive? Damage to your lower unit can get you into some costly repairs. Do your homework before making a decision on what to do. Here is some advice:

First: Be aware that your insurance policy should kick in to repair the outdrive after you fulfill the deductible. US Boatworks works with many insurance
companies and will fight to get your outdrive repaired properly. You can feel
comfortable knowing that the owner personally will see the job through to the
end and will personally talk with the claims adjuster so that all expenses are
understood by the adjuster.  This helps you get a fair reimbursement.

Next: There are two choices to make regarding
your outdrive replacement.  You can choose a new gear case or a
remanufactured gear case.  US Boatworks, carries both new and
rebuilt options.   You can pick a Remanufactured quality gear case made with quality parts or you can choose a Brand New after-market gear case for some Mercury,
Yamaha, Johnson, Evinrude Outboard Motors and

Mercruiser Alpha I

Gen II

Bravo one
I/O motors
.  No matter which you choose, you can feel comfortable knowing US Boatworks will take care of you.  We have been in the
Outboard Replacement Drive
business for over 25 years and know your motor inside and out.  We will get your unit to you with the exact specifications you need.  Call us for pricing at 913-342-0011 or get more information below.

Last:  US Boatworks give you a credit for
sending your good used core to us -
outdrive exchange
.  We accept most cores back and pay you based on the
condition of your old marine engine core.  Call us at 913-342-0011 for more

Once again, happy boating.

Old boat parts

Yesterday I made a huge purchase of
old boat parts
. This purchase allows us to provide an amazing stock of boat parts for our customers. US Boatworks specializes in selling older, NLA
boat parts that most boat dealers won't bother with. This is a valuable service to those customers who want to repair their boat motor. After 5 years or so your boat motor manufacturer will not longer produce and
the dealer will no longer sell
boat replacement parts
. That is where we come in. Please call us at 913-342-0011 or email us at if you need
late model boat parts for your
Mercury, Mercruiser, OMC, Evinrude, Johnson or Volvo marine motor. We also offer
used boat parts and
rebuilt outdrives to help you with your repairs.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday, busy Monday

They tell me that after Labor Day, the boaters are putting up their boats for
the season, but that is not the case this year.  Our
are flying off the shelves.  Customers are still coming in
from all over Kansas and
Missouri boat repair
.  This
past weekend the boaters were out on the Kansas area lakes because of the sunny
warm weather on Sunday. 

One customer who came by today looking for a new outdrive told us he
destroyed the gear case on a tree stump in Smithville lake.  Our
rebuilt outdrive was
the way he went to repair his motor.  We explained the pros and cons of
both our new and
remanufactured outdrives

In this case, he chose the quality of the rebuilt lower unit.  We know he
will be happy with his decision for years to come & should he ever have a
problem with his outdrive, we will be
here.  US Boatworks has been in the boat parts and repair business for over
25 years.   We will be here in the future should you need us again. 

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Hours to access your Boat Parts

It had to happen eventually, the kids are back in school. Days are
getting shorter. Labor day just passed and US Boatworks is no loner open
on Saturdays.

We had a great season of Saturdays in 2009. We were open on Saturdays
to help our valued customers get to our shop to meet your needs. We saw a
lot of boats dropped off for boat repair on Saturdays. Additionally, many
customers can make it to our shop to pick up the boat parts they need.

If you need to get a hold of us during non-operating hours, please send us an
email at
You can always call us at 913-342-0011 Monday - Fridays 9 - 5 CST.  We
appreciate the opportunity to serve you.   We strive to the number 1 Kansas City boat
dealer in the area.

Contact Tim at US Boatworks at 913-342-0011 if you have further questions
about service on your outboard or stern drive marine engine. You can also
email us at

Happy boating.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Anniversary Sale

US Boatworks is celebrating our 25th Anniversary.
Our gift to you is an additional 5% off your Mercury Parts Express order now through September 15. US Boatworks' prices on the MercuryPartsExpress site are already discounted 5% off retail. Your total savings is 10%!

It's our valued customer anniversary sale and only valid through September 15, 2009.

*****Enter coupon code 25years-save5 at checkout!*****

Go directly to the MercuryPartsExpress/ USBoatworks site

If the link does not work, copy and paste the following link in your browser:

Need more than just Mercury boat parts? Check out our web site at for huge savings on boat parts from Mercury, Evinrude, Johnson, Mercruiser and Volvo. We specialize in hard to find, NLA, no longer available, parts and lower units.

Everything you need to stay out on the water!

US Boatworks

Friday, September 4, 2009

Boat Parts Blog back on line

Due to some techincal difficulties, our blog has been down for about 3o days. If I was not so computer challenged it would not have taken 30 days to figure out how to get out blog back on line. But, here it is, the long awaited return of the Boat Parts, Repair and Maintenance Tips blog.

While our blog site was down, boaters were still getting out on the water. Despite a cool August in the Mid-West, boating traffic still remains high. When asking our customers what makes 2009 a better boating year than previous years, we most often hear that getting an existing boat back out on the water for the family vacation is a less expensive way to have family fun that flying somewhere, renting hotel rooms, renting a car...

The key to getting out on the water is preparing your boat each time before you go out. US Boatworks has a great summary of
boat preparation tips
you can check out. Should you find that your boat needs
boat parts or
boat service, check them out as well.