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Thread: House(boat) calls for outboard mx?

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    Senior Member Amelia's Avatar
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    Feb 2007
    Edenton, NC

    House(boat) calls for outboard mx?

    We may have a temporary solution in the form of a guy who builds fine fishing boats, but does a little maintenance on the side, but just curious: you who have outboards powering your houseboats, what do you do about engine maintenance and repair? Our boat was build on the water, is not trailerable. Our two big Yamaha 60hp outboards are a little unwieldy for bringing to the shop for oil changes, lower unit lubes, and other things that happen, given enough time. Our local outboard repairman is so busy he doesn't even have to be nice, much less come to our dock. I understand this is the norm, that if you can't bring your motor to the shop and leave it for a month, you are out of luck. These engines have been wonderfully trouble-free, but it's past time to do a little scheduled maintenance.

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    Moderator BananaTom's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Pensacola, Florida
    We have several mobile mechanics here, in Pensacola.

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    Senior Member Stmbtwle's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    Ruskin, Florida
    If the motors can be serviced in the tilted up position, you might be able to get a jon boat under them, to catch any spillage / dropped parts etc. I suppose crankcase oil could be pumped out with a drill pump, depending on the engine.

    My old straight inboard is suddenly looking a little better.

    Hope you're well battened down, Tom, things are about to get exciting up your way. Good Luck!
    Last edited by Stmbtwle; 10-08-2018 at 10:29 PM.
    She's a tired old barge but she's paid for!

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    Administrator Zilpo55's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    Lake Cumberland, KY
    Sadly, I have not seen any owners of outboard powered houseboats around me do any PM on their engines. They tend to follow the run-to-failure plan, even though our lake has more options than most. I would bet that almost every boat under 30 years old is I/O. The corporation that owns our marina has a mobile service crew based out of another nearby marina that they own on this lake. They have two houseboat lifts, plus a work boat with a crane that I'm sure could lift any outboard right in the slip.

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