Outboard motor control cables.

My previous post mentioned the difficulty of approaching a mooring buoy. One of the easier ways to do this procedure is to use remote controls. Outboard motor control cables fitted near the helm will aid this process considerably. If you have an outboard engine fitted to the stern of you boat, you would benefit from remote controls.

Outboard motor control cables can be bought either new or second hand in our store. Every manufacturer has their own design of cable controls. So it is important that you buy the correct version for your outboard. Once fitted to your vessel, they are fairly easy to maintain. Light oiling or application of grease with make the controls move smoothly.

Being able to control your boat from one position makes life a lot easier, especially approaching a mooring. Having been in the position of not having remote controls, I have found myself facing the opposite direction while adjusting the controls on the outboard. I know it is a difficult and even dangerous activity. So why not fit remote controls to your outboard?

A great place to find outboard motor control cables for a good price, is ebay. Check out what’s on sale here.


Approaching a mooring buoy.

Today I had a long conversion with a friend of mine who is new to owning a boat. His wife lacks confidence when they approach a mooring buoy. She does not like to be up at the bow of their yacht while it is rising and falling in a rough sea. So I offered him an easy solution.

Instead of his wife being asked to pick up the mooring pick up buoy, he should go up forward. They should practice when it is calm weather, approaching the mooring into the wind with his wife on the tiller. Practice until his wife gains confidence with the process. Then once they have done it successfully several times, I am sure his wife will be far more confident in rough weather picking up a mooring.

While I am on the subject, they should also practice man overboard routines by throwing a buoy or similar over the side. His wife should steer the boat while he picks up the buoy. This will add to her confidence in handling the vessel.

Practice handling a boat is the only way to gain confidence at sea. I was fortunate that I had parents that encouraged me to handle the family boat when I was very young. Over the years I have become an expert at controlling all sorts of vessels. However, it all stemed from those early years of practising basic moves such as approaching a mooring buoy.

The next time you are out on the water, spare some time to get the family involved in some of these basic manoeuvers. Start with approaching a mooring buoy!


Security of your Outboard Engine

The security of your outboard engine is essential at this time of the season. We are well into the boating season and you have probably been using your boat and outboard plenty of times this year. However, history proves that at this time of the year complacency sets in and your normal routine of making sure everything is secure some how lapses! Get into a routine of checking everything is locked and secure before leaving your boat.
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Outboards that are not bolted to the hull need a secure lock on the mounting screws. There are several on the market that provide good strong protection against thieves. A good strong padlock will normally deter a thief. Most opportunist thieves are looking for a quick, easy theft. In other words an outboard that only needs its screws unscrewed and the motor lifted off the bracket or transom. Do not provide the thief with this opportunity. Lock your outboard or permanently fix it to your boat.

A few years ago Essex police force provided boatowners with an alternative outboard casing. This casing was marked with Essex police force lettering and effectively made the theft of the outboard useless as the thief would then need to obtain a replacement cowling casing before selling on the outboard. Most professional thieves would not go to that bother. So your outboard would be safe.

Remember, the name of the game is to make it really difficult for a thief to steal your outboard engine.  Changing the cowling, locking the mounting screws and bolting the outboard engine to the boat are all effective ways of making the thief think twice about stealing your outboard. But what if you repainted the outboard a different colour? It is no longer resellable. If you are happy with your outboard and have had it for some years why not customise it. It will certainly be a one off and less attractive to thieves!

A few years ago I had a Yamaha 15hp outboard and I decided to add another newer Yamaha alongside it. The older outboard looked tired so I repainted it. But the two still looked different. So I repainted both black. Now I know you recognise all Yamaha outboards as being blue in colour so having two black outboards was certainly different. Needless to say no attempt was made to steal them as far as I am aware. Both provided great service for many years. When it came to resell them I told the new owner of the benefits of having a black yamaha!

In this recession hit economy there are many thieves around. Make sure you are not a victim by following some of the advice above. Look for security devices on ebay or amazon and make your outboard engine thief proof.