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 When the answer is the fuel lines have been replaced by lines purchased at a large discount store, we suggest purchasing OEM fuel lines and installing them with new fittings.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