By Jean-Luc Pallas

The target of this publication with its distinct step by step color photos and diagrams, is to permit each proprietor to mend their outboard motor conveniently. Troubleshooting tables support diagnose power difficulties, and there's suggestion on general upkeep and winterising and repair.

Jean-Luc Pallas's enthusiasm for passing on his wisdom, in addition to his transparent factors, specified suggestion and step by step directions make this a special e-book.

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Fuel circuit in low power outboards This is the simplest system of all. The fuel, stored in an overhead tank, supplies the carburettor by way of a stopcock and flexible hose. However, the breather valve on the fuel cap must be open when starting the engine and, of course, closed during transport or storage. Fuel circuit on outboards with a separate fuel tank The system is a little more complicated when the fuel supply is in an auxiliary tank. The fuel is sent to the carburettor after passing through a filter, a host of junction fittings, the manual pump or priming valve/bulb, another filter and finally the main fuel pump.

Outboard or inboard, each has its place. The invention of the outboard motor revolutionised the recreational boating market. These days, few people would dispute the usefulness or efficiency of this means of propulsion. 5hp), one of the first mass-produced outboards (1928). ◆ 1881: Gustave Trouvé displayed the first external motor, which was electric. ◆ 1896: The first production gasoline outboard was the ‘American’ built by the American Motor Co of Long Island, NY. It was air-cooled, and claimed to propel a rowboat at 6–8 miles per hour.

Distribution networks There are now close to 200 different outboard engine models available on the market, which is largely dominated by American and Japanese manufacturers. USA The OMC group (Outboard Marine Corporation) distributes a range of ‘identical’ engines through its Evinrude and Johnson network. The Brunswick group and its subsidiary, Marine Power, market Mercury and Mariner engines, which differ only in appearance from their Evinrude and Johnson counterparts. Force, a subsidiary of the Brunswick group, markets the traditional Chrysler engines.

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