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Old 12-08-2019, 02:56 PM
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Owned Yamaha engines for 20 years, always had some else do the service till a few months ago. I watched a 10 min video on YouTube and ordered a complete 100 hr service kit from partsvu.com. Dropping the lower unit sounds daunting but itís not, changing the water pump sounds hard but itís not or changing thermostats. Iím not mechanically inclines at all and still did it all in about 2 hrs when mechanic charges at least 3-4 hrs of labor. I have a 2013 Yamaha 300xca, 1995 115, and 2001 50.
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Me and my friends call it the magic wand.

We are able to live above and beyond our pay grade because we do many things ourselves. We have all the things of people making much more than us but we bottom paint, cut own grass, do our own plumbing, electrical and own repairs. We donít live about our means but we have nicer things because we can things on our own. People that are not handy most likely pay $10k+ net cash for stuff that we do on our own accord every year.

I wish I could pay people to simply do it all but that $10k is our family vacations for the year.
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Good job. And you know it’s done right. I can’t imagine how much money I saved by DYI for 40 years of boats.
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BCook, good for you. It’s a good deal to do the work yourself, and pretty satisfying too.
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Agreed. Plus you learn your boat that way. If something breaks you might be able to fix it and get home. There isn’t much in my boat I haven’t at least put a hand on.
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For me itís not even the $. Itís the timeframe to get it done. Dealer is open on Saturday until noon, but Not Sunday. Dealer is near the lake, and nothing near my primary residence an hour and 15 min away. Itís either take it in on a Saturday morning and lose Saturday afternoon/Sunday, or take time off work to get it there and back during the week. Typically just pull it out at my uncles house (private ramp at his house) on one of his trailers, and knock it out in about an hour.
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Me and my friends call it the magic wand.

We are able to live above and beyond our pay grade because we do many things ourselves. We have all the things of people making much more than us but we bottom paint, cut own grass, do our own plumbing, electrical and own repairs. We donít live about our means but we have nicer things because we can things on our own. People that are not handy most likely pay $10k+ net cash for stuff that we do on our own accord every year.

I wish I could pay people to simply do it all but that $10k is our family vacations for the year.
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Yep, I have had a horrible time finding a quality mechanic down here in swfl to service a Yamaha (2000 115 4 stroke) outboard. So now I started to become a youtube mechanic, lol. Changed the impeller ,oil , and plugs myself.

However, I was looking to replace the vst myself but finding the details on the youtube video a little limited . So Might have to take it in for that.

Does yamaha have a youtube on how to service their engines? It would be great if they did but likely would cut into their dealership service department revenues if it was to detailed.
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Two hours for me is over $400 of income plus the price of the tools I have to buy and not including the time it takes to drive to the boat. I might still be losing a little by paying someone else to do it, but the small price differential is worth it for me to just watch football games instead of sweating it out by my boat.

But good on you for making it work. I have always envied guys who can or are able to do those things. Young kids have really sucked the will out of me to delve into that.
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I've always been one to do basic oil and filter changes. Early on, I didn't have a trailer so I was dependent upon shop availability and those schedule type of inconveniences.

I purchased a trailer for trips into Baja and that changed all my maintenance practices! I learned to service my I/O lower unit and do all routine chores.

I converted my boat to an outboard. Now, the maintenance is so EZ, there is no way I'm going to pay a shop for routine services.
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Let's face it, YouTube is awesome and saves a huge amount of time effort and money. Latest jobs I've done with YouTube....

Headlight bubbles on a Hyundai and and accord
Fixed stuck back window on G37
Replaced seastar hydraulic steering clynder on inboard
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My first purchase, usually within 24 hours, after a new car or boat engine is a factory service manual. Might as well get one then as you will eventually need it if you do any of your work.
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It's a wonderful thing, I have replaced the Harmonic balancer's, timing belts, VST filter's, Impeller's, oil changes etc. on my Yamaha F150's. Saved a ton and learned a lot
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THT has been a great resource too. A brand specific category with sticky's would be a great thing here. There's been a couple of great threads started by guys doing service on their motors.
Like this one:
Howto: Suzuki DF-250 Impeller / oil change / lower unit / 200 hour service
There's one on here for the Zuke 300 as well, but I can't seem to find it...
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How about one for the Yamaha 250 SHO...
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The best is when you're Googling how to do something on your engine, and a thread from THT is the top result. And the top reply in that thread is, "Just Google it, there's plenty of resources out there."
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Little different for me. Spent many years as a precision machine and heavy equipment repair. Everything from locomotive cranes to lathes. My first retirement location in N Michigan had a great shop, worked on my and many others boats, as well as plenty of farm equipment. Now in SW Florida, bought a nice new bayboat, good dealer (Boaters Landing), trust them to do service. Mainly because I just donít want to any more. I was the guys in the earlier posts, just not anymore.
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I am a dedicated DIY guy who has done many easy and quite complicated jobs on my cars, trucks, boats home, tools, machines etc.... I agree, in addition to saving money, you know the job will be done right and in your time frame not someone elses. It's real sore spot for me that most of my children had/have no interest in learning how to do things on their own. Not sure what they are going to do when dad is no longer around....
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Originally Posted by jbacc View Post
I am a dedicated DIY guy who has done many easy and quite complicated jobs on my cars, trucks, boats home, tools, machines etc.... I agree, in addition to saving money, you know the job will be done right and in your time frame not someone elses. It's real sore spot for me that most of my children had/have no interest in learning how to do things on their own. Not sure what they are going to do when dad is no longer around....
I feel your pain.. Younger son is getting a Dewalt tool kit for Xmas. He was happy to spin wrenches on the go-cart when he was younger so he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. With the lifestyle our kids generation are living, and the technology of the cars and the equipment common today, unless you have the scanners and diagnostic equipment to work on them, the only real thing to do is change oil and rotate tires..
Youtube taught my oldest son to replace a window regulator in his old Buick. Youtube taught him to change the light bulb in his XC70. Google and Youtube are rendering "dad" useless for anything other than an ATM machine!
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Two hours for me is over $400 of income plus the price of the tools I have to buy and not including the time it takes to drive to the boat. I might still be losing a little by paying someone else to do it, but the small price differential is worth it for me to just watch football games instead of sweating it out by my boat.

But good on you for making it work. I have always envied guys who can or are able to do those things. Young kids have really sucked the will out of me to delve into that.
You get paid $400 to watch 2 hrs of football?

LUCKY! I'm jealous!
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I always price it both ways. DIY vs. pro wrenches. If you find a reasonable shop, it can be close enough to just drop it off.

This year was my 300 hour service on Verado, it was only $100 more for the shop to do it, and it gets another set of eyes scanning for other stuff that's wrong. As much as we fuss/obsess over our babies, the guys that wrench on boats every day are going to see things that we don't.

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