When you are in the saltwater, it is essential to clean the outboard motor. Failing to do this leads to a build-up of salt that can easily block the boat’s cooling system. This then causes overheating of the boat and corrosion of the engine from outside and inside. Here’s how you can prevent such mishaps with proper cleaning.
With flushing port
Does your boat have a cleaning port? You can locate such ports on the latest engines that date back to a maximum of 10 years in the past. If your boat’s motor has a port, cleaning becomes easier. Follow these steps:
- Connect your garden hose with the port
- Start the flow of water
- Leave the engine to clean for 5 to 10 minutes
While using a cleaning port, don’t turn on the boat engine. Because they are specially designed to use without the need for power which makes the boats fuel-efficient and quieter.
Without flushing port
In case, your engine doesn’t have a specific flushing port, buy a set of cleaning muffs. The earmuffs serve as a source of water while turning on the engine. They also clamp over the intake of water on the gear side.
Next, follow these steps:
- Insert the cleaning muff into the water intake.
- Start the water flow.
- When there is sufficient flow, turn the boat engine on and leave it for 2-3 minutes.
- Keep a check on the engine and make sure it doesn’t surpass the 100 rpm mark.
Also, reputed aluminium boat manufacturers suggest cleaning the boat engine each time you sail in the saltwater.