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Monday, August 4, 2008

• Merc Motor Tip

I have already mentioned this tip in my post discussing the 2005 Tracker V18 All-Fish, however it bears repeating. It has a 115hp Mercury Optimax motor. Other boat motors typically also have a water outflow hole like the Mercury Optimax, so this tip is not limited to Mercury brand motors. If you live in the South, you are familiar with mud daubers. It's one type of wasp that builds nests out of mud. They get into everything. Your motor is no exception if you leave your boat outside on a regular basis.

There are several places in a boat where mud daubers may decide to nest. One common spot is inside the water outflow hole. You can easily prevent them from mucking up your motor with something a simple as a small piece of duct tape. Cut a square large enough to place over the hole when in storage. Just remember to remove it before heading out on the water. You may need to replace the tape once in a while, but it is a cheap and easy fix. To make life even easier, fold one corner of the square piece of tape to make removing it less of a hassle. Should this hole get plugged full of mud from these wasps, you'll have to poke through and clean it out. Water will have a hard time exiting when this hole is clogged.
You might also open up the motor cover and knock any other nests loose underneath. Mud daubers also like to crawl into your electrical outlets for things like navigation light poles and under the dashboard. Do periodic checks if you've left your boat outside. These wasps can build a nest in no time at all. The worry here is not about getting stung, but rather that the mud will interfere with proper operation of your boat.

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