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When storing your outboard on the trailer, tilt the engine all the way down. This will allow any water to drain out of the lower unit and keep the housing from freezing. We also recommend you store your boat with a full fuel tank with the correct amount of fuel stabilizer added. With a full tank, there is a smaller chance that water can develop from condensation within the fuel tank. We also recommend spraying fogging oil into the engine to help lubricate the internal parts of your engine.
If you are going to store your Inboard/Outboard (I/O) outside or in a place where freezing could be possible, you need to ensure that the engine cooling system is completely drained. Your I/O boat should also be stored with a full fuel tank and treated accordingly. Fogging oil should also be sprayed in the engine. See outboard link for fuel and fogging
You can perform any of the above outboard and I/O tips yourself, or you can bring your boat to us and our technicians can take care of these items plus any other mechanical problems you may encounter.
Your safety is a primary concern of ours at East Side Marine. Before operating your boat, you should be familiar with the current boating regulations for your area. Never board or leave your boat while the engine is running. Always turn the engine off before anyone enters or leaves your boat. Do not stand, sit or lay on stern platforms while engine is running.
Always inform passengers of your plans before: making a turn, stopping, accelerating or starting your engine. Never start your engine when people are in the water near the boat. Make sure all passengers are in the boat and seated before moving.
Indiana law requires that you have in the boat at all times:
- One Coast Guard approved wearable PFD (Personal Flotation Device) Type I, II III or V for each person in the boat. Children under the age of 10 must wear an approved PFD at all times while the boat is moving.
- One PFD Type IV (throwable).
- At least one Coast Guard Approved Class B fire extinguisher (Check Indiana Safe Boating Guides for any special requirements for your boat).
- A horn or sound making device.
- Your boat registration from the Department of Natural Resources.
- A bell if your boat is over 26'.
- A copy of your driver's license.
If you are interested in more information on boating safety, please contact us or check the following sites:
Depending on the time of year you take delivery of your boat, it may be winterized. Before using your boat for the first time, check to make sure all the drain plugs are in place and all water hoses are connected. If you are unfamiliar with this procedure, consult our Service Department or let us recommission your boat following storing. Subsequent winterization(s) on your boat and protective measures to keep your engine from freezing are your responsibility and are considered normal maintenance.
Twenty Hour Break-In Period
- I/O’s – Before each day’s use check the crankcase oil level and add oil if necessary. (The oil level should be checked with a cold engine with the boat at rest in the water) It is normal for an I/O to use some oil during the break-in period.
- Allow your engine to warm up to normal operating temperature before accelerating to higher speeds.
- Observe instrumentation carefully. If an abnormal reading occurs, stop your engine and determine the cause.
- Do no operate at idle speeds for extended periods of time during the first 10 hours.
- During the first 10 hours operation should no exceed ¾ throttle.
- Avoid pulling skiers and other water toys during the first 10 hours of use
- Do no run your boat’s engine at the same speed for more than a few minutes at a time.
- Avoid full throttle acceleration from idle position.
- During the second 10 hours, occasional operation at full throttle (5 minutes at a time maximum) is permissible.
- I/O’s – add gear lube to the remote reservoir as necessary to maintain the “full mark”.
- I/O's - We recommend your first service be performed at around 20 hours (MerCruiser owners). This is a very important service. Your oil should be changed and your engine serviced. Check with Bill in our Service Department for the charges for this service.
- Check your engine manual for a complete schedule of periodic inspections and maintenance procedures.
- Have your engine and other systems winterized before the first freeze! Freeze damage is not covered by warranty and can be an extremely expensive repair.
- Your throttle arm regulates your speed and shifts your engine in and out of gear.
- When moving your throttle from neutral to forward or reverse, always let your transmission engage before accelerating. When shifting your throttle, it should be a quick positive movement of the lever. Do not ease the shift lever into gear. You may damage your transmission if you use your reverse gear to slow your boat down at engine speeds above idle.
- Before you start your engine, (make sure your kill switch is in place and in the "Run" position) place your drive in the full down position and make sure the boat is in the water deep enough to cover the water inlets on the lower unit.
- Using the shift lock out neutral button on your throttle arm, pump the throttle about 3-5 times, leaving the throttle arm at about 10% before neutral, then start the engine. Once the engine has started, leave the engine at neutral running at about 1000 to 1200 RPM's. After warming up, pull throttle back to neutral and proceed.
- EFI stern drives - Start the engine in neutral position - no throttle advance is required for starting (Do not pump throttle).
- Consult the owner's manual or see our Service Department for instruction on how to run your boat while not in the water.
- It is the Owner's Responsibility to check your lug nuts, maintain proper tire pressure, maintain proper amount of grease in hubs (bearings should be serviced and repacked annually) and check tire condition before using your trailer.
- Make sure that your trailer hitch is sufficient to pull the boat you are purchasing. Your trailer ball must be the same size as what is on the trailer coupler. Never tow your boat without a safety chain or tie down straps. Do not tow your boat until you personally check the capacity of your hitch, size of the trailer ball, your trailer lights and that your trailer is properly attached to your tow vehicle. You should perform this inspection yourself.
- Disconnect your trailer lights from the vehicle before you back your trailer into the water.
- Put in drain plug(s) before you put the boat in the water.
- Do not disconnect your winch strap from the boat until your trailer is in the water.
- When taking your boat and trailer out of the water, turn the engine off, put the drive in the full up position, attach the winch strap and secure, before pulling the boat and trailer up the ramp.
- Remove the hull drain plug(s) as soon as you take the boat out of the water.
- Replace your tie down straps.
- Reconnect trailer lights and check.
Please carefully read the factory warranties for your boat, engine and any extended service agreement that you may have purchased. Copies of the manufacturers' warranties are included in your owner's packet. There are various limitations imposed by the manufacturers. Not being aware of these limitations could cause you to pay for work that could have been done at no charge. If you have any questions about your warranties, please feel free to ask for a complete explanation. If questions arise in the future, please contact either your sales person or service. Our goal is to make sure that you are very satisfied with your boat. We want your boating experiences to be enjoyable, trouble free and as economical as possible.
Like any fine tuned piece of machinery, there is a direct relationship between how well you care for your boat and how it performs. Read your owner's manual before operating your boat. We recommend and want, you to return your boat to our dealership for service. For answers to questions that you may have regarding the service and maintenance of your boat, please contact us.