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Welcome! Here is our home of blog posts of support, tips and advice on all things outboard, boat, trailer and marine related. Happy reading...

Understanding Propellers

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 18 September 2017

Propellers, every outboard has one. Whether it's stainless steel, aluminum or plastic they all have the same task, which is to push your boat forward or backward. But, the wrong propeller on your outboard can cause under performance in the way of a lack of top-end speed, hole shot or could possibly cause excessive load on your outboard resulting in powerhead failure... continue reading

What Needs replacing on your outboard

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 17 August 2017

It's about this time of year, when Spring is just around the corner and the chill of Winter is subsiding, that most of us decide it's time to give our outboards a once over and make sure they're good to go for the upcoming season. It's at this stage that there's some contention on what to replace, why to replace it and when to replace it... continue reading

Outboard Oil Ratios

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 25 July 2017

Anyone who owns, or has owned, a two stroke outboard would have asked themselves the question; how much oil do I mix with my fuel? 100:1, 50:1 or 25:1? It is one of the most asked questions for those required to pre-mix their oil and fuel together. Below I have listed the oil ratios recommended by manufacturers and a few tips based on my experience... continue reading

What to check before going boating

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 5 July 2017

Going boating should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience with family and friends, however, a lack of preparation can see a nice day planned turn into a shemozzle with your boat never leaving the launching ramp. Here is my quick and easy checklist for your boat, trailer, motor to ensure your next planned outing on the water goes smoothly... continue reading

How to flush your outboard and why it's so important

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 22 May 2017

One of the biggest killers of the modern outboard is corrosion and often it's not what you see, but rather what you don't see that causes the biggest problems. Outboards are raw water cooled and draw water directly from their environment to cool down. In fresh water, this is not a problem but in saltwater, it opens the engine up to salt build up and corrosion within the outboards internal cooling passages... continue reading

Why Won't My Engine Start?

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 21 April 2017

There's nothing more frustrating than getting to the boat ramp to find that your outboard won't start. We've all been there before and we'll probably all be there again one day too. The following is a small checklist of some of the obvious areas to check if you're experiencing troubles... continue reading

Troubleshooting 2 Stroke Ignition Problems

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 30 March 2017

This most common thing I get asked over the phone to assist with is diagnosing outboard ignition problems. Whilst I am always happy to try and help in diagnosis, it can be very hard to do so over the phone. Apart from having the right tools to assist in diagnosis, a basic understanding of how a two stroke ignition system works is fundamental. The following is a list of what makes up an ignition system from start to finish... continue reading

Tips For Buying A Used Boat

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 23 March 2017

It's hard not to be excited about buying a new boat. You've just seen a bargain on the side of the road and as you make the U-turn to get a closer look your head fills with images of large snapper, kingfish and sunny days out on the water with the family. This is exactly what boating is about but, be wary that your boating dream doesn't become your boating nightmare... continue reading

Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 18 September 2017  

Propellers, every outboard has one. Whether it's stainless steel, alumin um or plastic they all have the same task, which is to push your boat forward or backward. But, the wrong propeller on your outboard can cause under performance in the way of a lack of top-end speed, hole shot or could possibly cause excessive load on your outboard resulting in powerhead failure. Pitch...

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Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 17 August 2017  

It's about this time of year, when Spring is just around the corner and the chill of Winter is subsiding, that most of us decide it's time to give our outboards a once over and make sure they're good to go for the upcoming season. It's at this stage that there's some contention on what to replace, why to replace it and when to replace it. The following list is a guide on the major parts that need replacing on any outboard and explains the ‘3 W’s’… what, why and when:...


Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 25 July 2017  

Anyone who owns, or has owned, a two stroke outboard would have asked themselves the question; how much oil do I mix with my fuel? 100:1, 50:1 or 25:1? It is one of the most asked questions for those required to pre-mix their oil and fuel together. Below I have listed the oil ratios recommended by manufacturers and a few tips based on my experience. 100:1 - Mix 50ml of oil per 5ltrs of fuel. Recommended by Yamaha and Suzuki for most of their small...

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Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 5 July 2017  

​ Going boating should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience with family and friends, however, a lack of preparation can see a nice day planned turn into a shemozzle with your boat never leaving the launching ramp. Here is my quick and easy checklist for your boat, trailer, motor to ensure your next planned outing on the water goes smoothly. Boat ...


Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 22 May 2017  

One of the biggest killers of the modern outboard is corrosion and often it's not what you see, but rather what you don't see that causes the biggest problems. Outboards are raw water cooled and draw water directly from their environment to cool down. In fresh water, this is not a problem but in saltwater, it opens the engine up to salt build up and corrosion within the outboards internal cooling passages. The build up of salt over time can cause overheating issues or, worst case, ...

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Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 21 April 2017  

There's nothing more frustrating than getting to the boat ramp to find that your outboard won't start. We've all been there before and we'll probably all be there again one day too. The following is a small checklist of some of the obvious areas to check if you're experiencing troubles. 1. Kill Lanyard Just about every engine has a kill switch and from that comes a red safety lanyard. If the lanyard isn't connected cor...


Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 30 March 2017  

The most common thing I get asked over the phone to assist with is diagnosing outboard ignition problems. Whilst I am always happy to try and help in diagnosis, it can be very hard to do so over the phone. Apart from having the right tools to assist in diagnosis, a basic understanding of how a two stroke ignition system works is fundamental. The following is a list of what makes up an ignition system from start to finish. ...


Author: Stuart Buckingham   Date Posted: 23 March 2017  

It's hard not to be excited about buying a new boat. You've just seen a bargain on the side of the road and as you make the U-turn to get a closer look your head fills with images of large snapper, kingfish and sunny days out on the water with the family. This is exactly what boating is about but, be wary that your boating dream doesn't become your boating nightmare! Buying a boat is an investment whether you're spending $3,000...

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