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Outboard Motor Buyers Guide

If you are in the market for a new outboard you will quickly discover there are options to consider.  Doing your homework before you head for the boat shop can save you some headaches. This article will present a few main options when purchasing your motor and help you narrow in on the best motor…

What does an early spring mean for boaters?

For those of you that follow Punxsutawney Phil you know he did not see his shadow this year. That’s great news for us in the Mid-West as we anxiously await warming temperatures.  As we enter March, Phil’s prediction seems to be spot on, with temperatures in the 60’s even in late February it seems like…

Do I need a tiller handle for my outboard?

If you are in the market for a new outboard you will quickly discover there are five main options to consider.  Horse power, trim, steering, start and shaft length. As to steering, the option is whether or not you want a boat tiller handle.  The answer will depend on how you plan to use your…

Ways to Save Money on a New Outboard

If you are considering purchasing a new Mercury outboard motor.  You may ask yourself “how can I save money on my purchase?”  In this article I will uncover several ways to save on your new outboard. The first thing to consider is the time of year you purchase your motor. It is true that there…

Non-OEM Gearcases: good, the bad, the ugly

The Non-OEM, Aftermarket Gearcase   There are new, replacement, non-OEM lower units on the market selling for very cheap prices.  Prices so good they are too good to be true! The saying goes – “you get what you pay for” and that just may be the case.  On the plus side, some of these aftermarket…

The Truth about Gearcase Replacement

Replacing a damaged gearcase is one of the most common and most expensive repairs boaters can encounter.  It’s a common repair because the lower unit is easily damaged by hitting hidden objects underwater.  Sometimes after hitting an object underwater, the damage may not be totally obvious.  The problem is that a small bend in your…

Checklist: Boat Maintenance

Summer is finally here.  The sun is shining and bringing with it warm temperatures.  Clearly you will want to be out enjoying these summer days and what better way to do it than getting out on the water?  Before you take your boat out, it’s a good idea to make sure your sterndrive engine or outboard motor is…

DO THIS BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR BOAT OUT THIS SEASON

May is here already and the kids will be out of school before we know it.  Memorial Day is around the corner.  Its time to think about getting your boat out of storage and begin your spring boat maintenance.  So, if you find yourself asking, “do I really need to perform boat maintenance?”   or…

Do It Yourself Winterizing

Winterizing tips for the do-it-yourselfer Winterizing Choices US Boatworks is proud to help you when it comes to winterizing your sterndrive or outboard motor.  We help by providing two choices for boat winterization.  First off you can bring your boat in to be winterized and choose one of the three winterizing packages we offer. Or…

Winterize Now!

Temperatures have remained warm for the beginning of fall.  If you are still taking advantage of boating, you have a few more good days out on the water.  Some boaters have already brought their boat in for the winter.  If you have wrapped it up for the season, get here to winterize your boat sooner…

The Trouble with Non-OEM Fuel Lines

We receive many phone calls about boat motors not running properly. If time allows, we may make a few suggestions over the phone.  Troubleshooting boat problems up front on your own may save you time and money if you choose to handle some basic tips. So, when discussing the poor performance complaints, common symptoms include: -Motor…

Too often these outings turn tragic

There have been awesome memories made out on the water with friends and family. Boating can be a great time whether you are spending a sunny day fishing, skiing or tubing.  While these events help us bond with each other, boating accidents from reckless or ignorant behavior can rip friends and family apart. Here are some…

Happy Independence Day

US Boatworks will be open this Tuesday, JULY 3 from 9 am-5 pm to serve you for the July 4th holiday. We may even be open a few hours on Wednesday, July 4th as our staff will be in during the morning hours to catch up on some work.  If you need us on the 4th,…

Urgent: Huge Price Increase on Mercury Outboards Coming

Boaters considering a 40, 50 or 60 horse power Mercury Outboard listen up! Significant price increases begin July 1 when tariffs on certain imported motors begin.  While most Mercury Marine products are made here in the US, the 40, 50 and 60 horse motors are made overseas.  The reason for this is that the demand for…

What to do if you want to get rid of your boat

What to do if you want to get rid of your boat and are confused about your options? Learn how to get rid of an old boat below. Being that we are a boat shop that specializes in old nla boat parts, we get a lot of calls asking if we buy old boats.  There are…

This Fatal Flaw in Boat Safety Could Have Dire Consequences

    Planning for a day out on the lake can take some time.  The most skilled planner will have lists of items to buy before the trip, items to bring in the car for the ride to the lake and a list of items to go on the boat.  Of course we remember the…

Boat Maintenance Checklist

Spring is here and the sun and warm temperatures are not far behind.  Soon you will want to be out enjoying the sunshine and what better way to do it than to hit the lake? Before you make your first trip to the lake this year, it’s a good idea to make sure your engine is top…

Spring Boat Maintenance Tips

The calendar says it’s almost spring yet the 30 degree temps make it seem like a distant dream.  As we just entered the month of April, its time to think about getting your boat out of storage and begin your spring boat maintenance.  So, if you ask yourself, “do I need to perform boat maintenance?”   or…

Act Now -10% Off Boat Parts

Spring break in Kansas City is winding down & St. Patrick’s Day is near.  We are all looking forward to those warm summer months out on the lake with family and friends. Smart boaters know that successful days on the water require preparation.  The key component of that preparation that is boat maintenance. Are you ready…

Open Saturdays

It finally happened just like it does every year.  Freezing temperatures left us and  spring is in the air.  Like clockwork as soon as it warms up, our phones start ringing off the hook and customers line up to get their boats ready for the season.  Since you need us, we are now open on Saturdays beginning March 3rd….