In the weeks following the BP®/Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Yamaha has received many calls from concerned consumers who wish to learn more about the operation of Yamaha outboard motors in crude oil contaminated water. The conditions that currently exist in portions of the Gulf of Mexico are unique and unusual. There is very little data to support any assertions for how the products might react when exposed to them.
While Yamaha does not recommend deliberate operation of its outboards in oil contaminated water, we realize the outboards will be used in these conditions. Yamaha takes some pride in the fact that so many Yamaha-powered boats are being used in support of cleanup efforts in the Gulf, and we have been monitoring dealer and consumer comments regarding the performance of these outboards. To date, few difficulties have been reported as a direct result of oil contamination.
For outboards that are used in crude oil contaminated water, Yamaha has the following general recommendations:
• Operators should use extreme diligence in monitoring the water pressure and temperature conditions of the outboard.
• Frequently clean the outboard’s lower unit, using a mixture of liquid dish detergent and water.
• Frequently clear debris from the cooling water intakes using a stiff brush.
Consumer questions regarding use in oil contaminated waters should be directed to Yamaha Consumer Relations at (866) 894-1626.