With these warmer temperatures, our eye is on the prize – boating season! And when that first nice day arrives, it’s temping to hit the water immediately, wing it, and hope for the best. However, doing this often leads to breakdowns and a slow joy-ride as you’re being towed back to your launch point. Do yourself a favor and prepare your vessel the right way. It is best to have a certified mechanic complete any pre-seasonal maintenance, but if you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer – no worries. The steps below will provide a few basic (but crucial) things to check before your first launch. Pre-season maintenance will vary depending on different models, sizes, years, etc. Please be sure to check your owner’s manual to complete the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance.
Vans Sport Center is an authorized dealer for all of the top brand names in the outboard industry which in turn allows us to periodically offer select new outboard motors at great discounted prices. All of the motors that we have discounted are brand new and still in the crate unless they are on display in our show room. No used motors, returns, or demos here. This is just one of the ways we like to say thank you to our customers for the many years of business in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan. I mean who doesn't appreciate a steal of a deal every once in a while?
Along with their recent brand update late last year, Tohatsu decided to expand their Electronic Fuel Injection four stroke lineup. Before now, there was only one of the major outboard manufacturers making an EFI motor as low as a 9.9hp. Now that Tohatsu are manufacturing EFI 9.9's, they are definately going to be a game changer in the smaller horsepower class. Their newest members to join the EFI family this year are the 20hp, 15hp, and 9.9hp four stroke portable outboards. Im sure the other brands wont be too far behind in the EFI game, but for now its pretty cool to see another option on the market.
With pontoons making a comeback in the past couple of years, Evinrude jumped on that slow and relaxing pontoon bandwagon with their new E-Tec Pontoon Series of outboards, and rightfully so considering the ways they are improving the daily life for pontoon boaters. The Pontoon Series is available in 90hp, 115hp, and 150h--with the 90hp coming in two different models (E90SL and E90SNL). Various new features set these outboards apart from others and can help enhance the enjoyment in a blue-skied, sunny day out on the water.
The more money you can save on fuel, the more you can spend on your boat--and who doesn't want that? Being the lightest motor in its class and beating its closest competitor by 21 lbs., the Evinrude E-Tec Pontoon Series is a great outboard for bettering your fuel consumption. Also, with a unique stratified combustion process that allows only part of the chamber to be utilized when at idle or slow speeds, you'll see impressive fuel efficiency continued when not needing a lot of power. Put one of these outboards on your pontoon, sit back, relax, and watch your tank and wallet stay full a lot longer.
Sometimes you want to have your cake and eat it too--in pontoon life that means sometimes you want to enjoy a slow, relaxing ride while also having the option to participate in water sports. The Evinrude E-Tec Pontoon Series helps close that gap between the two and increase the versatility of your pontoon boat. These E-Tech engines are unlike other 2 strokes, they provide the best torque in their class. With a high torque at lower rpms, these outboards are the best 2 stroke option for pulling up skiers and wakeboarders with your pontoon boat. Often, higher torque comes hand in hand with more vibrations, but not with this series of outboards. The E-Tec Pontoon Series has features that allow you to take the good without the bad. These Evinrude models have specially designed motor mounts that reduce the vibrations from the outboards, creating a smooth and quieter ride.
Like all E-Tec motors, the E-Tec Pontoon Series offer advantages when it comes to maintenance. All E-Tec motors offer 3 years or 300 hours of no scheduled maintenance, which means less time and money at the shop. On top of E-Tec specific features, there are features special to the series. The Pontoon Series has a remote oil tank, which makes it easy to access for re-fills and checks. Also making your up-keep hassle free, this series offers automatic winterization. With the capability to automatically winterize in a quick 4 minutes, the Evinrude E-Tec Pontoon Series can extend your boating season and make the anticipation of winter a little less painful.
The Evinrude E-Tec Pontoon Series will take your pontoon boat to the next level and with a smooth, easy transition. Summer is here, but like always, it will be gone before we know it. If you have any questions, concerns, or boating needs feel free to stop into Van's Sport Center so we can help you take full advantage of this year's long-awaited season!