Don’t want to disappoint the wife and family by not maintaining your outboard?
Get in here and see us!
We are approaching our season and boats will stack up in the parking lot, causing a longer wait time.
Bring it in Monday, and have it ready for the weekend, for general maintenance.
- Water Pump
- Lower Unit oil
- New Ethanol hoses
Here is a picture of one of the many kind of boat motors we work on.
These motors were built like tanks.
They require a 24;1 ratio of oil to gas, and used a badit style bearings.
Stone and Sons Marine stocks the parts for this year motor and many others of it’s age.
We ship parts all over the world for our clients and for the lucky ones in our area, we can service them too.
As always, Stone & Sons Marine will be at the 57th Annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show – January 4-13, 2013
It is the largest Outdoor Show on the Gulf Coast.
Stop by the booth and say hello.
Ask quesstions of what we are seeing come by the shop prior to your purchase.
Drop your name and email in the fish bowl for a drawing for a Garmin GPS.
If you already like us on Facebook, you get to drop your name in TWICE!!!
Batteries – without some electricity, you can be dead in the water.
Here are some quick facts you need to know, along with how you can cost yourself big, due to a $1 wing nut
- Marine batteries for the most part are deep cycle – designed to run down and be charged back up
- Marine batteries do not last as long as your turck/ car batteries – they have a different design and are meant to do different things.
- Wet cell batteries last 2 – 3 year with proper maintenance (which includes keeping each cell filled with water- #1 way to kill your battery)
- AGM/ Gel cells can last twice as long, but generally cost twice as much – good for applications where it would be hard to maintain or deal with heavy vibration/ pounding. Some outboard motor Mfg. do not recommend using a gel battery for starting applications, as they do not charge properly with that motor.
Connection to the battery is key!
If you can get by the corrosion part – which can hurt any electric connection, you still need to worry about how you connect to the battery. Wing Nuts used to be the main stay. Tighten down by hand and your good to go – have any issues simply loosen and pull. Wing nuts are a thing of the past!
Most new batteries now come with a standard nut, so you need a socket or wrench to tighten it. Why the change? There were a number of issues happening with today’s modern outboards. Most new outboards have a computer controlling fuel and helping with maximizing the full potential of the motor. With wing nuts, the connection was not tight enough, causing the computer to have to deal with power shortages, and spikes. This caused some damage to some, and owners were blaming the motor when in fact, it was the electric supply to the motor. Do you have any idea what a computer cost to replace in a modern day outboard? Try this at home – turn your home PC on and off a number of times while its running and computing. See if it causes any problems. Then go shop for a new mother board $$$ …. In short NO MORE WING NUTS! …. Use the nut supplied and a lock washer and keep some tools on the boat when it’s time to remove it.
Weather it’s a hobby or an addiction, old outboard motors are just plain cool. Half the fun is rebuilding them and running them on the water. But where would you find a worn part for a 1950′s Johnson? Stone and Sons Marine has the part, along with thousnads of other hard to find part for outboards that would be considered antique. “In the middle 1950s, you had these huge improvements in carburetors and the introduction of bearings instead of bushings” per Jack Stone, as seen written in a loacl paper article. http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl/2008_4500948/outdoors-the-good-old-days-outboard-motors-from-th.html
We keep in tune with what people say about the E-TEC outboard motors. Stone and Sons Marine has been an Evinrude/ Johnson warranty repair station since 1968. Stone & Sons does not sell motors, we only repair them, along with every other brand. We know E-TEC outboards…PERIOD. We have had a number of E-TEC’s come through our shop since they came out in 2004. Most of them have been in for general maintenance. We have done some major warranty repair on a hand full of models but in almost every case, the issue was either angler or design issues and could have been prevented. We are not saying it’s the anglers fault, but we could point to some boat manufactures as to why they set a motor to high and the E-TEC would over heat. In every case we have dealt with BRP has stood behind their warranty, despite the overall issue. To date we have not seen a common problem with the E-TEC design, and believe they are great outboards. There is something to be said about that. We have seen other manufactures deny claims and point the finger back at the owner.
Mon. - Fri. 7:00AM to 7:00PM Stone & Son Marine
3410 Oak Forest,
Houston, TX 77018.
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