Nautical gifts for Christmas

Getting someone you know a nautical gift for Christmas can be difficult. It is difficult because they probably have everything they need already. So you need to look for the more unusual nautical gifts. Quirky gifts like a gimballed compass set on a wooden stand. Or a telescope set within a wooden walking stick. If it is a clock you are thinking of buying, why not chose this Divers helmet clock.

These gifts are all a bit different from the usual ones found in shops across the UK. Sometimes the more conventional gifts are needed. For example, the marine clock and thermometer on a wooden plaque or a brass sextant. A pocket compass with a superb finish could be your choice.

All of the above nautical gifts for Christmas are well made and of excellent quality. They can be delivered within a few days of ordering or you can collect most of them from your local Argos store at your own convenience. I hope this small selection of nautical gifts mentioned here has given you ideas for Christmas presents.


Christmas presents for boaters.

Many people struggle to find a Christmas present for boaters. So often there is nothing that is obvious that a boater needs. A person that has a boat seems to have everything that is required on their boat.  However, consumables like engine oil, filters, spark plugs, locks, and grease are always overlooked. These are things that are needed by boat owners. So why not buy these items as presents?

Engine oil is essential to be replaced each season by the boat owner. Fresh engine oil will make a tremendous benefit to the overall performance of the engine. So it needs replaced. Why not give a good quality engine oil as a present? Wrap it up in Christmas paper with a bow! You will be delighted by the reaction you receive!

A new set of spark plugs will really benefit the performance of the outboard engine. This is an item that most owners think about but normally overlook each season. They tend to clean the existing ones and make do. However, if you give them as a Christmas present then they should be fitted by the owner before the new season begins.

A set of fuel filters are also on most boat owners to do list. However, they are often overlooked. So by giving them as a Christmas present you are providing a good opportunity for the owner to replace them. It is the same with providing Grease as a present. Before the season begins it is a great idea to use grease on all the places it is required before launching the boat. This will make using the equipment a lot easier because it will run smoother with grease!

When a boat is in the water it is subject to all sorts of dangers. One of the dangers is theft. So it is best to try and prevent thieves from stealing equipment. There are various locks available to use. You should look around your vessel and identify what can be stolen. Then use locks to prevent theft of any equipment. Outboard motors are the most potential items of theft because they can be unscrewed from the vessel easily. So if your outboard is screwed to the outboard bracket it would be sensible to put a lock on it.

All of the above are potential Christmas presents that you could provide for the boat owner in your family. Although you might think some of the items are not sufficient to give as a present, believe me, they are ideal! Most people look for the big items at Christmas and forget the small things. The above list will certainly provide your boat owner family friend with everything they wanted for Christmas!



Servicing your outboard motor

There are quite a lot of little tasks to do when you are going to service your outboard engine.
If you use this checklist you should cover just about everything:
1.  Change the gear oil – and while you are doing this see if any water
     has got through the seals.
2.  Replace the spark plugs – some people just clean the old ones, but
     buy new.
3.  Strip down and clean the fuel filter.
4.  Strip down the water pump – clean any corrosion.
5.  Check the flywheel nut and nuts around the cylinder head.
6.  Check the recoil starter – lubricate it – also the pull rope for any
7.  Check the gear and throttle cables for any damage – lubricate all
8.  Check the tilt mechanism – grease it and the clamp screws while
     you have the grease out.
9.  Lubricate the prop shaft.
10. Bleed the auto lube pump – check for air in system.
11. Check the ignition timing – adjust if needed.
12. Adjust the carburettor pilot screws if they need it – otherwise
      leave as is.
13. Change the engine oil.
Start your outboard up after doing these tasks and listen to it. Check to see if water is exiting the exhaust. Then adjust the throttle – the engine should have a smooth pick from idle. The maximum revs should be achieved. Return to idle speed and check to see if does maintain its correct idle speed , now that the engine is hot. With the throttle
working smoothly, check all other functions, including the stop button!  Happy motoring!


Outboard Motor 12 Month Service

Every 12 months or 100 hours you should give your outboard motor a service. Here are 12 points to follow:-

  • Clean or replace spark plugs.
  • Check and clean all electrical contacts.
  • Check condition of recoil start cord for wear.
  • Replace the fuel filters and check the entire fuel system for leaks etc.
  • Change engine oil and filters (4 strokes).
  • Empty fuel/oil tank and replace with new mixture(2 strokes).
  • Check gearbox oil and top up if needed.
  • Replace cooling system anodes.
  • Replace water pump impellor.
  • Check steering system and lubricate moving parts.
  • Lubricate gear shift and  throttle control linkages.
  • Check operation of tilt mechanism (power tilt if fitted).

Once you have completed all of the above you will be confident using your outboard engine during this coming season.

Some of the most common problems occur because one or more of the 12 checks mentioned have been overlooked. If you can spare a few hours to do these 12 checks every 12 months your outboard will certainly run a lot smoother with less worry on your part. One of the times your outboard is likely to show you that it is not running well is when you return from a long run at cruising throttle and slow it down to idle while you manouevre into your mooring. This sudden change from getting loads of fuel and air into the engine while you were at cruising speed, to tick over speed can upset the running of the engine if it has not been serviced each 12 months.

Therefore for peace of mind and a trouble free season, spend a few hours doing the above 12 checks. To help you further I am writing a guide to outboard maintenance which will be free to download for you. I had hoped to have it ready by now but I keep adding more and more information to it! Watch this space as they say! In other words please come back and check to see if I have the free guide ready for you to download.